Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

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Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC

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President Thomas Jefferson, DC

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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One Bright Morning

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Signs of the Times

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Wheelchair-pound protestor at Trump International Hotel Washington DCProtestors, Trump International Hotel Washington DC

November 8th can’t come soon enough for me. Four days and counting …

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Paddleboats and Memorials

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Paddleboaters on Tidal Basin in front of Jefferson MemorialTidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Enjoying a refreshingly cooler summer day in DC, my husband and I decided to do something we had never done in our 36 years in the area: we donned orange lifejackets and paddled around the Tidal Basin. From the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial to the FDR Memorial and finally to the Jefferson, it took us an hour. Despite thinking an hour wasn’t going to be long enough, it was just right to make the rounds of the Basin (and get in a good workout!).

Capturing a decent shot of other paddle boaters was much more difficult – trying to maneuver our boat while others were maneuvering theirs while attempting to get a clear shot of the monument with minimal camera blur took some patience and quite a bit of luck. This was the best shot and a fun remembrance of the day.

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At the Museum

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Visitors to National Portrait Gallery view exhibit

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

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Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, Georgetown, Washington, DC, looking north toward pedestrian bridges between business buildingsChesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Georgetown is filled with wonderful photographic spots, and on this day, I set my sights on the peaceful C&O Canal. An occasional jogger ran down the path, a few pedestrians meandered on a lunch-time walk, while others crossed the bridges over the canals, many with bicycles. But the shot I wanted — someone crossing the foreground bridge — took a bit some patience.

If anyone was to cross, I was expecting it to be on the lower level of the bridge. I was so surprised to see this woman crossing on the upper level that I missed the shot entirely. From then on, I had my camera focused and my shutter finger ready for what I hoped would be her return crossing. She did not disappoint!

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(The184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. The canal’s principal cargo was coal from the Allegheny Mountains.

Rising and falling over an elevation change of 605 feet, it required the construction of 74 canal locks, 11 aqueducts to cross major streams, more than 240 culverts to cross smaller streams, and a 3,118-foot tunnel.

The canal is now maintained as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, with a trail that follows the old towpath. Credit: Wikipedia.)

Forever Remembered

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington DC
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

Honoring the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial chronologically lists across 140 black granite panels the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives while serving with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.

— shot with the Fuji X100T —
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