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Photo Journal Pt. 1: Washington, DC

Hello, all!

Early last month, I took a trip to Washington, DC, and I got around to seeing most of the monuments and memorials. And of course, I took a lot of photographs while I was there. πŸ˜‰ So today, I’ll be sharing some of those photographs and memories with you. Let’s hop right into it!

So… the hotel parking lot looked like it had been repainted not too long before, so I had to take a photo of it. Why? Idk, randomness?

Plus there was this awesomely wonderful, bushy pine tree beside the building. Due to my love of pine trees, I had to photograph it.

The sky was lovely that morning… though, to be honest, the sky is always lovely!

The morning sun hidden behind the clouds.

First DC photo! It was a historic-looking building at the corner of the street. Evidently, it dates back to 1837. At least that’s the date on the dome. Speaking of that, I love the golden dome and red bricks. 😍

The Capitol! This is actually the closest I got to it. I was heading for Washington Monument, but I turned around to take this shot before I got too far off.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History… which was closed, so I didn’t go to it this year. I went last year, though. (The gems were neat to see – and all of the mounted animals, – but the evolution made me feel sick!)

The sun was all shiny. (Which made the heat almost unbearable.) But I loved how I caught the sun in this one.

Sorry if there are too many photos of Washington Monument. It just made a really cool subject.


Another shot of the capitol.

The original destination – Lincoln Memorial. I ended up going quite a ways past it. The sky was bursting with sunlight. It was so beautiful! These photographs really don’t do it justice.

This was just one of those photos that was super easy to edit, and I love how it turned out. Definitely one of my favorites!

By now, I think I’ve decided that Washington Monument is the most photograph-able monument. Yeah, I took a lot of photos of it. πŸ™‚

My first time to the WWII Memorial. I was wearing a vintage, red, white, and blue outfit and snapping pictures when this lady stopped me and asked if I worked there. I just answered, “No.” I’m not sure if it was the outfit, the camera, or what that made her ask, but it was an interesting experience. I just hope she didn’t need help.

I then went on to the Vietnam Memorial, but I was listening to a veteran and forgot to take any good photos.

So as you can see, Lincoln Memorial was fairly crowded. I don’t know what it’s like on an average summer day, but last time I went (in January), there wasn’t anyone else around. So it seemed really crowded to me this time.

This reminds me of the photo on the front of that Lincoln Memorial book I never finished reading. Hmm… now where did that book go?

I went to take this shot, but there were some people in my way. They kindly moved aside, however, when they saw me coming with my camera.

This shot just feels a bit epic to me.

The sunshine was so totally awesome! This was my first time walking along the Potomac. Way out in the distance on the very far left, you can barely see Arlington House high on the hill. I’ve read a book about Arlington, and let me just say, it’s not a piece of history I am particularly proud of.

Jefferson Memorial was having roof replacement and dome cleaning. Seems like they’re always cleaning or repairing something whenever I’m in DC.

George Mason Memorial

George Mason Memorial. It was a lovely, semi-secluded spot that I somehow feel is often overlooked. You hear about Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln all the time, but when have you ever heard of George Mason? Look him up if you don’t know much about him. I intend to do some more research myself…

And while I was there, I just had to photograph the books he was reading… right?

There was quite a gaggle of geese (Yes, that’s what it’s called.), and they didn’t seem very frightened at all. Perfect photo op. πŸ˜‰

Two cute ducks on the bank of the Potomac.

Jefferson Memorial

So when I first got to Jefferson Memorial, it looked like it was closed. Everything was blocked and there were construction signs up. Ended up that the back entrance was closed, but one could get in from the front. So that’s just what I did. πŸ˜‰

This photo just turned out so perfect! 😍

Everything was just so picture perfect – the sky and the water and the clouds… How can one refrain from taking photos under such awesome conditions?

Last photo – I promise!

During the trek back to the vehicle, I had to take a break from walking and sit on the bench opposite Washington Monument. (And hey, why not take some photos while I’m there, right?) My brother ending up running ahead and driving back to pick us up. While I was waiting, however, I had to listen to the most annoying food truck ‘music.’

Well, that’s it for now! I was going to put the Gettysburg photos here too, but I realized that would be way too long of a post. The Gettysburg installment will be coming soon, though.

Which is your favorite photo? Do you like taking photos of the places you visit? Do you prefer the city or the countryside?

Thank you so much for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful rest of the week!

Natalie “Tommy” Claire

You can just call me Natalie, though…

4 thoughts on “Photo Journal Pt. 1: Washington, DC

  1. These were some pretty photos!! Either the Lincoln Memorial with the sun or the Washington Monument with the pond or the Potomac River would be my favorites… but it’s rather hard to choose. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I like taking photos of the places I visit sometimes. And I think I prefer the countryside rather than the city. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!

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