Hahn/Cock and the Capitol

June 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hahn/Cock and the CapitolHahn/Cock and the Capitol"Hahn/Cock", 2013, by Katharina Fritsch (German, born 1956) on the roof of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Glass fiber reinforced polyester resin fixed on stainless steel supporting structure. In the background is the Capitol.

I recently visited the National Gallery of Art, here in Washington, D.C. and really liked this 14½ -foot sculpture of a blue rooster ("Hahn/Cock" by Katharina Fritsch). When I was younger, I was a big fan of the classics and some of the early modern artists, such as the French impressionists. I never cared for abstract expressionism or contemporary art. But as I grow older, I find myself gravitating more towards the later modern artists and contemporary art, like this enormous blue rooster. It's the creativity that impresses and speaks to me the most.


Memorial Day

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Marine Corps War Memorial SunstarMarine Corps War Memorial SunstarSunrise at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) with snow on the ground.

Next Monday is Memorial Day. I took the image above and the image below at the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the "Iwo Jima Memorial") back in March. I really like these images and I would have published them sooner, but I thought publishing them right before Memorial Day would be appropriate.

Snow at the Marine Corps War MemorialSnow at the Marine Corps War MemorialEarly morning at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) with snow on the ground.


Spring Is Here Again

April 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blossoms and Wreaths at the Stone of Hope

April 09, 2018  •  2 Comments

MLK BloomMLK BloomCherry blossoms and the Stone of Hope during sunrise at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The wreaths placed against the Stone of Hope were placed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the day after and took the above photo. On the day of the anniversary, the National Council of Churches held an all day rally to combat systemic racism. They gathered in the morning at the Memorial and marched to the National Mall. I assume they left the wreaths at the Stone of Hope (in the photo above).

The anniversary coincidentally coincided with the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. Normally huge crowds of tourists would be gathered at the memorial and around the Tidal Basin to admire the cherry blossoms. However, instead of encountering crowds on the morning after the anniversary, I found a quiet and solemn sunrise. It seemed appropriate.

I took some photos of the sunrise as well, but I wanted to publish my photos of the Memorial first. This next photo is of the Memorial two days later.

Springtime at the Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialSpringtime at the Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialCherry blossoms and the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The wreaths placed against the Stone of Hope were placed two days earlier on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


Dawn on the Potomac

March 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Dawn on the MonumentsDawn on the MonumentsPurple clouds at dawn over the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and the Potomac River.

In March, I love to shoot the monuments in Washington, D.C. The vernal equinox is in March, so the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. The monuments also happen to be laid out mostly in a line from east to west. Here are two photos, one shortly before sunrise and one at sunrise, featuring the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Arlington Memorial Bridge. 

Sunrise on the PotomacSunrise on the PotomacThe sun rises on the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and sweep rowers on the Potomac River.

While I was out having fun shooting the sunrise, I noticed lots of robins out looking for worms. They sure look well fed!

American Robin, Side ProfileAmerican Robin, Side ProfileEarly morning light shines on the side profile of an American robin. American Robin, Front ProfileAmerican Robin, Front ProfileEarly morning light shines on the front profile of an American robin.

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