It's been two weeks since we returned from a four day weekend in Washington, D.C. and Frederick, MD. It's taken me that long to go through the several hundred photos I took, and get them edited. I love Lightroom and how easy it is to keyword and organize all the photos. The editing tools are also great, although I know I am just skimming the surface in the way I can use them now. Nonetheless, editing photos in a new program took me quite a bit longer. I'm sure that will change when it becomes more automatic. I ended up with 54 photos from the Washington, D.C. part of the trip that I will print, and thought I would share a few of them here; some today, and some tomorrow so you won't be on overload!
We got about an hour out of Rochester on Friday when our van started making a strange whining noise. After a bit of discussion, we decided to come home and switch cars. The van seems to be fine now, but it wasn't worth the chance of being stranded in some unknown town with a car that didn't work. The end result was we got to Washington much later than we expected so we had dinner in Alexandria, and went to the Container Store and called it a night.
Saturday we spent most of the day touring the memorials. We skipped a few we remembered well from our earlier trips, but made sure to see the new ones that have been built since we were last there. On our way from the Metro to the Mall we passed by the beautiful Memorial Bridge. Next time we go I hope to get a chance to take some photographs of the bridge from the Virginia side of the Potomac River.
Our first stop was at the Lincoln Memorial. It was really crowded with tourists but I managed to get a good shot of the remarkable statue without any one else in it. I also captured a few for our album with all the tourists as well.
The first new memorial we visited was the Martin Luther King Memorial. It, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial all overlook the Tidal Basin and there's a lovely walking path from one to the next.
Martin Luther King Memorial
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial is one of the larger memorials with four "rooms," each representing one term of his time in office. Each room has a beautiful waterfall, and there are many statues and art work. One of the most fascinating was a wall of carvings. Each image represents a facet of the time when FDR was president.
This scupture of men waiting in a bread line during the Depression was particularly moving.
The smallest of the waterfalls, but my favorite.
Typically, the cherry blossoms would have been in bloom, but they had come and gone by the time we were there. The azaleas along the edge of the FDR Memorial were gorgeous.
On the far side of the Tidal Basin is the Jefferson Memorial.
From there we walked to the Korean War Memorial. There are two walls with etchings, and a group of statues of soldiers who appear to be coming out of a woods.
This image captures the etchings with the reflection of the soldiers who are across the walkway. I had to wait a while in order to get a shot without anyone walking along the wall.
After lunch we walked to Union Station, and then to the Capitol building. There was a long line to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol so we decided to wait until our next visit to do that.
One of the places I wanted to visit was the Old Post Office Building. You can take an elevator to the top of the clock tower and I managed to get my little point and shoot camera inbetween the bars on the windows to get a couple of aerial shots of Washington.
You can see that we had fabulous weather, warm (sometimes hot) and sunny the whole weekend. We walked about 10 miles both days so I was glad to have good weather.