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.
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. Hoping that my Washington DC photography will inspire your next winter visit.
This story was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 North American Travel Journalists Association Competition in the Photography, Photo Essay-Online category.
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.
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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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.
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 give you the ultimate Adirondack glamping experience, much like its Vanderbilt owners did over a century ago.
This story was recognized in the 2018 North American Travel Journalists Association awards competition with an Honorable Mention in the Illustrated Story-Online Publication category.
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. Take a day to explore the works of Chihuly in Tacoma on the Chihuly Trail and you wont be disappointed.
This story won Finalist – Destination Travel, Online Publication category in the 2017 North America Travel Journalists Association competition.
If you were to ask me to pick a color that describes London, my instinctive response would have been grey – grey skies, grey streets, grey buildings. But after a recent trip, I learned that London is anything but grey. I am sharing some of my favorite colorful London photos to inspire your next visit. Continue reading “Photo Essay: Colorful London”