PhotoPOSTcard: Standing in the Clouds in Dubai

Sunrise view from Burj Khalifa

Sunrise view from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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PhotoPOSTcard: The Library Of Congress Great Hall Took My Breath Away

“I cannot live without books” – Thomas Jefferson

When I quickly stepped into the Library of Congress Great Hall for the first time this winter, I was stopped short in my tracks. I expected a dull space with floor to ceiling books, or maybe something like New York city’s Public Library. I did not expect such a bright and subtly colorful space. Despite its grand scale, it has a delicate and airy feel. There is art and color and design everywhere. From the elaborately carved grand staircases, to the many paintings on the walls, to the murals on the ceiling, to the stained glass ceiling, to the mosaic floors. Yet despite the extensive ornamentation, it actually all comes together beautifully in a harmonious and even calming whole.

Next time I will stay longer and sign up for some of the tours.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

Photo Essay: Washington DC in Black and White

Politics in Washington DC may be gray at times, but the city photographs beautifully in black and white, especially in winter when there isn’t much natural color anyway. On a recent visit, armed with a new camera lens, I challenged myself to shoot Washington DC in black and white. Here are some of my favorite photos.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Winter Sun Set Over the Jefferson Memorial

Spring, when the cherry blossoms are blooming, is the most popular time to visit Washington DC’s tidal basin. But winter can be just as beautiful, and certainly less crowded and more peaceful. 

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PhotoPOSTcard: New York City’s 9/11 Memorial

For the 9/11 memorial in New York city, the footprint of the original World Trade Center twin towers has been memorialized as two large reflecting pools. The design, which is called Reflecting Absence, comprises two one acre waterfalls, the largest man made waterfalls in the US. 

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PhotoPOSTcard: World Trade Center Oculus – Not Your Typical Train Station

 

If you are heading to visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City, the first space you will experience is the Oculus – the train station terminal located at the World Trade Center. From the outside, the Oculus looks like a large white dove taking flight. On the inside, the Oculus is an all white, modern, large, open space. I found the bright and airy building with its soaring architecture very uplifting, not unlike being in one of the large Gothic cathedrals in Europe. A fitting prelude to the somber and peaceful 9/11 memorial.

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Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

 

 

PhotoPOSTcard: I Left My Heart in San Francisco

All great cities have an iconic piece of architecture that uniquely identifies them at a glance. Paris has its Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben and Rome has the Colosseum. In the USA, one of the most recognizable structures is San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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Photo POSTcard: Finding Christmas in Japan

During my trip to Japan this November, I was surprised at how many Christmas decorations I saw throughout my travels. I did not expect to find Christmas in Japan.

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Camping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It

The Great Camps in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York were the wilderness playgrounds for the wealthy and elite of the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. One such camp, Camp Sagamore, has been preserved and restored and the serene and secluded wilderness setting can be experienced much like its Vanderbilt owners did over a century ago. Continue reading “Camping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It”

On the Trail of Dale Chihuly – a Day in Tacoma, Washington

This story won Finalist-  Destination Travel, Online Publication category in the 2017 North America Travel Journalists Association competition.

 

Most visitors to Seattle, Washington who want to see works by master glass artist Dale Chihuly would most likely visit the Chihuly Gardens at the base of the Space Needle.  But just 30 minutes to the south in Tacoma, Washington, you can also see a diverse series of his permanent art glass installations set in a variety of very distinct environments. Continue reading “On the Trail of Dale Chihuly – a Day in Tacoma, Washington”