After visiting the American History Smithsonian, Mary Morgan and I asked a random guy to take a picture of us in front of the National Monument. Little did we know it would turn out this well…
Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I’ve been busy with all the people visiting me over various spring breaks this month. When my parents and Jack were here a few weeks ago, we took a trolley tour at night to see the monuments by moonlight. Nighttime photography sans flash is hard without a tripod, so the pictures I tried to take through the window of the trolley leave a lot to be desired, but here are some of the passable photos from my tour.
As you’ll notice in these pictures, Jack either does double thumbs up or double hook ‘em horns in every picture.
My pictures of Arlington Cemetery obviously don’t do it justice, since you can see the flash in the reflection of the base of the statue. However, I would highly recommend visiting this statue at night — the juxtaposition of the dark night and the well-placed lights rear it into majesty.
The Lincoln Memorial looks over the reflecting pool, which culminates in the National Monument. At night, the National Monument’s reflection shines in the pool, making for a beautiful view. Unfortunately, I couldn’t even snap an okay picture of this view….so I guess you’ll have to just see it for yourself.
Last Sunday, I went to a taping of Meet the Press with my program. The NBC building is out in the residential areas of DC that look more suburban than urban, and looks very inconspicuous, even though the Washington-based NBC and MSNBC TV programs are filmed here.
David Gregory pre-recorded his interview with John Boehner, so we didn’t get to see him in all his orange glory, but he did interview Gene Sperling, and his round table discussion included Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd. I made sure to snap a picture of the set before the executive producer told us not to use flash.
Tom Brokaw is a personal friend of our program coordinator, so we got to take a picture with him. It’s a little blurry because it’s post-being told I couldn’t use flash.
We also got to take a picture with David Gregory on the set! He’s a giant.
In keeping with my one musuem/week goal, I visited the National Archives on Saturday. (Sidenote: I went to the Holocaust museum the weekend before, and didn’t take any pictures because there is no photography allowed inside the museum. It is an extremely well-done exhibit, and I advise everyone to visit at least once in their lifetime.)
The National Archives is best known for housing the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights. Obviously, in order to preserve the documents, no photography is allowed inside, but I shot some pictures of around the building. Down the street is the Capitol, and across is the Navy Memorial.
Last Wednesday, my program coordinator invited us to attend the National Press Foundation Awards Dinner, where the award winners included CNN’s Dana Bash, the Denver Post, and Frank DeFord. It was so much fun to get dressed up to schmooze with the Washington Press Corps and attempt to eat the undercooked Cornish hen!
…if you want to look at the bigger, less ant-like pictures, click on the picture, and it will open to its regular scale!
It was a beautiful day, I had my Nikon, and I was wearing my cheery green pants, so I decided to take touristy pictures on the Mall!
Since I didn’t have work today, I decided to go to the National Museum of African Art, which is part of the Smithsonian system. I couldn’t take pictures of the objects on display, so I don’t have any pictures to share of the content, but I did take some pictures of the interior of the building because it’s beautiful. However, I would recommend looking up two artists: Lalla Essaydi and Ousmane Sow.