Gress Con [Oct 2012]

For the tenth entry in The Twelve Posts of Christmas, we go clear across to the other side of the country to our nation’s capital! Haven’t been to Washington, DC, in many, many years and so much has changed that it was almost like visiting for the first time! I only really remember the National Air and Space Museum anyway. 😉 Here are some of the crapton of photos I took that best recap the trip.

Got to try out the new ultra-wide angle I’d recently bought. Here’s a gorgeous view of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial from the FDR Memorial, which is actually from later in the trip (just wanted to put this photo in first, haha).

Switching lenses in the field wasn’t very fun, especially since DC is filled with nasty, filthy smokers. DX But, it’s necessary in order to get both landscapes and close-ups. Here’s a close-up of the Hope Diamond, which lives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

Next door is the National Museum of American History, where this moving sculpture sits out front.

I spent some time at the National Archives Building. Pretty awesome to see the nation’s founding documents, as well as where they shot National Treasure. 😉

A few blocks up was Chinatown, so ran up there to take a look. Here is the Friendship Arch given to us by Beijing.

This arch is part of the United States Department of Agriculture building.

The Washington Monument hasn’t been open to visitors since the earthquake of August 2011.

This sculpture in the Hart Senate Office Building is called “Mountains and Clouds”.

A view of the United States Capitol with the Capitol Reflecting Pool in front.

This is the East Front of the US Capitol.

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is connected to the Capitol by an underground tunnel.

The United States Supreme Court Building was being rehabbed, but they had this drapery up, presumably for the news crews gathered here. They were hearing Fisher v. University of Texas (an affirmative action case) that day.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Abraham Lincoln is probably one of our most popular presidents. Here is his statue in the Lincoln Memorial.

View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial.

The Memorial Wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Wound up having to play around with Photoshop for many of these — especially since the ultra-wide angle makes things look funny sometimes — but some of these came out pretty nice, I think. Of course, feel free to tell me if I’m wrong. 😛

The Memorial Amphitheater, home of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Grave of Pierre Charles L’Enfant overlooking the city he helped design.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. This was originally his land and home.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial covers four terms and is completely wheelchair accessible, so it is fairly spread out.

Nearby is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

The National World War II Memorial sits between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Both theatres of the War are represented at the Memorial.

Made a quick stop at the National Gallery of Art. A coworker had recommended dining at the cafe inside, but unfortunately it was closed.

For such an awesome building, the National Air and Space Museum sure has a boring exterior. :/

The original Enterprise continues her voyages in the gift shop!

Wish I’d had more time to properly explore the city, its museums, and all the great history of our great country. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back soon!

Many more photos in the album on my Facebook!

2012 10 07-13 Sun-Sat: Gress Con

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