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Aug 152015
 

To me, this almost has the feel of a disaster waiting to happen.  With the eerily reddish light and people seemingly running toward the plane looking like it could ram right into the Washington monument.  This couldn’t happen.  Will there be survivors?  Hurry.  We need to help.  Almost, anyway.  The plane narrowly missed.  Everyone is safe.  Our capital city dodges another bullet.

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May 292015
 

The inscription reads Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.  Just as true today as it was in 1963 when Martin Luther King uttered those words in his infamous I have a dream speech.  Maybe we’ve gone forward toward King’s vision in some ways yet it seems we have a ways to go as a human culture to achieve any sort of sane semblance of the real meaning behind those words.  After 50 years, at least we’ve constructed a monument to the man and his dream.  Here’s to embracing his dream as our dream.

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Nov 252014
 

So many grave stones.  So many lives.  Are they known?  Remembered?  Visited by loved ones?  Or did they simply give their lives for their country and then we all move on?  Hard to know.  All us visitors go there to take in the ambiance and history.  Maybe do some imagining.  What’s it like to be buried at Arlington?  Heck, what’s it like to be buried at all?  Guess we’ll all find out soon enough.

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Sep 022014
 

Do you recognize this building?  I don’t.  I should have written it down.  I often think I’ll just remember, but as time marches on invariably I don’t.  I’m pretty sure it’s one of the governmental buildings.  I know it’s in Washington DC.  Being from the west, I just always like a good building with older style architecture.  The west is more modern, newer.  Everything costs so much more now.  Or is it just that owners and builders have gotten away from an artistic value system.  A sentiment I’ve always liked is ‘One of the things about progress is that we have to stop calling it progress’.  Onward with artistic architecture.

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May 192014
 

The Thomas Jefferson memorial, that is.  It sits in a nice little spot near the Potomac River and its tidal basin.  Just wandering down by the river I decided to roam around the memorial and soak in the ambiance and history.  I was there in the early part of the day and there were few other people there and I was able to amble around unencumbered with only my thoughts and camera.  After spending the better part of an hour in the area, I wandered away to other parts of the mall.

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Mar 012014
 

I recently read a great book about the civil war so I’m thinking strongly of Abe Lincoln.  What an amazing memorial in a city of memorials to a man who so affected the world.  We’ll never know, but I sometimes wonder how it all would have gone with another leader instead of Lincoln.  Would we have less racism?  More?  Would we be 2 countries?  We’ll never know.  I just know I got there early to see the sun rise and to beat the crowds.  Still, there were a few people around.  To get photos of a “clean” Lincoln without gawking tourists took some patience.  Oh, the book.  It’s The Lincoln Letter by William Martin.

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Sep 282013
 

I’m still not sure what the main feature is in this image.  The partial image of the general Grant memorial?  It does take up half the image.  The Washington Monument?  No, too small.  The sunset?  The guys in the lower right watching the setting sun?  It is, I think, more of a left/right split image.  The horses galloping forth out of the statue into the present scene of setting sun happing now.  Whatever it is, it was a great place to be on that DC evening. grant-washington-memorial-sunset-1

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Jul 072013
 

Abe Lincoln.  Such an iconic figure in American history relegated to the penny.  At least he sits in his place of prominence, overlooking all the goings on from the Potomac all the way up to the capital.  Here, I got up early to catch the morning light shining in on Mr. Lincoln and his throne.

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Mar 172013
 

Do you know how many Union Stations there are?  I don’t either but there are many.  LA, New York, Chicago to name a few.  But this one comes from Washington DC.  I’d been wandering around town all morning as I’m known to do; seeing where my eyes and legs take me; enjoying a warm late summer day.  There are so many iconic buildings and places to explore in DC that it can be overwhelming.  But, it’s mid day and I finally feel like stopping for a while and sitting.   What better place to kill two birds, so to speak, than in a large beautiful building, with hundreds of people, and a place to sit and have lunch right in the middle of it all?  A train station, of course.  This is one of the many views I had while lunching.

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