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Posts tagged “Washington DC

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial, Washington DC

In honor of all the soldiers who have died . . .


A House Divided…

United States Capitol, Washington, DC

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln


Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Lincoln, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Today, February 12th, is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.


Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Today is President Lincoln’s Birthday. With all the rancor and pettiness seen in politics and our elected officials, it is a time to remember that one of the greatest leaders of ANY nation in the history of the world was our President Lincoln.

He gave one of the greatest inauguration speeches in American history (the last sentence) –

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”


Water, Water

Washington DC, water fountain

Photograph made in Washington DC near one of the Smithsonian Museums.


5:25 AM

United States Capitol, Washington, DC

Early morning in Washington, DC.


Washington, DC

Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument

A view of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.


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Happy Birthday President Lincoln

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.


Sunrise in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Monument in Washington DC.

Viewing the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.


Summertime Splash

Washington DC

Photograph made in Washington DC near one of the Smithsonian Museums.


The Ceiling

Smithsonian-Museum

Don’t forget to look up.
The ceiling in a section
of the Smithsonian Museum
in Washington, D.C.


Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetary, Washington, D.C.

Because of them, I am free..


Inauguration Day, President Lincoln & National Security

Lincoln Memorial

In August 2010, I traveled to Washington, DC. One stop on the visit was the Lincoln Memorial. I like to go very early in the morning because there are few people present. I can “visit” with the President, read his words that are carved into the wall and reflect on his importance to our country. For me, the Lincoln Memorial is part temple.

I stood there with camera in hand, bracing myself against the marble columns because I didn’t have a tripod (need a permit) and photographed the statue. And I’m shooting, shooting and shooting. Finally, after several minutes I am approached by a police officer. “Who are you with?” he asks. For the next 5 minutes he inquires why am I taking so many pictures. I want to be clear – the police officer was never rude or belligerent. I did not feel threatened even though it is uncomfortable to be questioned. I explained why I take so many pictures. He wanted to know what I was doing in the city, who I was with, etc., etc. He quickly learned the answers even though he probably still didn’t understand why I took so many photos. I do know this however – before 9/11, he would never have questioned me.

Today is Inauguration Day for President Obama and national security will be on its highest alert. The reason is obvious but if I were there today, I wouldn’t use a backpack and my cameras and lenses would be around my neck. I’d use a couple of fannie packs to carry some small stuff if needed. I wouldn’t want to be questioned on a day like this. Who knows what would happen?

To end, let us not forget, President Lincoln gave one of the greatest inauguration speeches in history (the last sentence) –

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”


Early Morning Joggers

Early morning joggers in Washington, D.C.
Captured this photograph while on a stock photography trip.


Public Transportation

Most cities offer subway, bus and bicycle service as public transportation. The larger cities even offer “spider humans”. It’s a bumpy ride, but very economical.


Men and their Pets

Just got back from my yearly mancation. This year my buddy was wishing that he had one of these as a pet.


Early Morning in the Capital

Early morning joggers in Washington, D.C.