Remembering and honoring today all those that died – both in wars and due to Covid 19. And also remembering my mother who passed away on Memorial Day last year. Her favorite saying after emigrating to the US was “God Bless America”.
Pulvis et umbra sumus – We Are but Dust and Shadow
Photo location: A close up of the larger than life monument of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Washington DC. Just around the corner from the FDR Memorial, this is one of my favorite sections along the Tidal Basin. Winter is a great time of year to visit because there are no crowds.
2018 was an especially good year for travel. I was fortunate to be able to travel somewhere fun almost every month, both in the US and overseas. Many of the locations were new to me, including a new continent-Africa. I also revisited some of my favorite cities-London, Istanbul and Washington D.C. I have written about my experiences for many of these destinations-but some are still sitting in my draft que, waiting to be finished (one of the resolutions for 2019 before I start traveling again).
Washington DC is well known for its many beautiful monuments and memorials dedicated to the great leaders that helped shape this country. There are architectural wonders designed to honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, among others. But what about the women? With a little bit of effort, and a lot of walking, you can find the Washington DC monuments, memorials and statues dedicated to a few of the many ladies that helped shape our nation.
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.
Original Quilt Design – Inspired by the many memorials in Washington DC, I designed my version of the American stars and stripes, using various red and cream fabrics for the stripes and blue and white star fabric for the stars.
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.