Thursday, March 25, 2010

National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral (usually just called the "National Cathedral") is located North West Washington, D.C.

Construction on the cathedral began in 1907 and took 83 years to complete!  It is the second largest cathedral in the United States and the sixth largest in the world.  Also of note, Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, are interred there.

This sampling contains various shots of the outside of the building, the inside, and the gardens.  Some shots are blue sky shots and others are more overcast.  I'm posting both because they are both really interesting in different ways.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

U.S. Capitol

The United States Capitol is an interesting place.
In addition to the actual building, there are also many statues, sculptures, a reflecting pool, and spacious lawns.

This sampling shows not only the Capitol building, but some of the statues, walls, and other areas that make up the building.  The third picture down is a shot of the Capitol in the reflecting pool that lies at its base.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Albert Einstein Memorial

The Albert Einstein Memorial is located on Constitution Ave. in Washington D.C. near the Vietnam Memorial inbetween the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

The memorial has been there since 1979 and the statue itself weighs four tons!  If the finish of the sculpture looks familiar to you, it may be because it was done by Robert Berks who also did the bust of John F. Kennedy that is at the Kennedy Center.

I took these pictures last September when I stumbled upon the memorial.  I didn't even know it existed until I found it!

John Pershing Park

John Pershing was a famous Army General.  He fought in several wars including, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and World War I & II.  He also has the distinction of being one of only two men to achieve the rank of General of the Armies (with the only other person being George Washington).

In downtown Washington, D.C., on Pennsylvania Ave., there's a small park and monument to John Pershing.  I took these photos last fall.  And, yes, the water really is that green!  I'm pretty sure they put something in it to dye it.


I had the opportunity to go to Antietam this weekend.
Antietam, located in Sharpsburg, Maryland,  is where one of the most famous Civil War battles took place. Matter of fact, the battles of Antietam was -- and is -- the bloodiest casualty loss in one day on American Soil. There were 23,000 casualties!

It was beautiful and humbling to be there, and I think the pictures turned out quite well.

(A wall of victim names.)

(Dunker Church area.)

(West Woods area.)

(West Woods area.)

(Mumma Farm area.)

(The path to Mumma Cemetery.)

(Mumma Cemetery.)

(Mumma Cemetery.  This picture is not tilted -- the gravestone has shifted that much.)

(Bloody Lane.)

(Bloody Lane.)

(Bloody Lane.)

(Burnside Bridge.)

(Burnside Bridge.)

(Antietam National Cemetery.)

(Antietam National Cemetery.)

(Antietam National Cemetery.)

(Antietam National Cemetery.)

(Since Antietam is a Civil War site, they had the Gettysburg Address on a wall.  "Four score and seven years ago ...")