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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 6 months ago #16

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Day 4 - This was to be our last full day in Washington DC and the Mall. Heading in on the metro, out target was the National Museum of American History. This is a very interesting museum having such permanent exhibits as the formal dress of the First Ladies.

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You can see one of the very many school groups coming out or going into the museum. Yikes, way too many teenagers this week here. I had some fun with moving sculpture outside the building.
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One of the other things this museum is known for is that it has on display the very flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore in 1812 that gave rise to the US National Anthem.
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In years past, it would have been right in the entry way but now with no photography allowed it's in a very lowly lit room. In it's place is a very fund metal sculpture representing the flag.
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I had loaned my granddaughter my Pentax Q7 for the trip. It was her first experience with this type of camera and she had some reasonable success.
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Once again, the low light conditions made getting a lot of shots difficult. This one I liked though, it's the death mask of President Lincoln. Kinda an odd thing.
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Just to prove that it's not just all history, they have room with 3D simulators which you can pick your ride. Jocelyn and Kyra had a ball!
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The First Lady Gowns were very cool except I forgot take notes. I was shooting with a polarizer to reduce reflections and...well it sorta worked.
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Here is Michael Obama's Ball Room Gown. She is one tall woman.
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And just to do a throwback, here is Mary Todd Lincoln's gown. She was quite short. My how things change.
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One of the fun places is a room where you can stand behind a podium and imagine you are giving your inaugural address. So here is President Kyra Arango giving her speech in 2036 to the nation. No doubt she'll be a member of the Green Party and have run on platform to make the country a better place, she'll have my vote!
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There was lots of other stuff we saw and did but once again we suffered from museum burn out. In an exhibit dedicated to those who fought in all of our wars, this piece of the World Trade Center anchored the final exhibit on our recent adventures.
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Tired but happy we headed home to pack for out next destination.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 6 months ago #17

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Day 5 - Overnight it rained A LOT more rain than I think we've seen this entire winter in my part of California. Our plan was to pack, load the car, say goodbye to our hosts, and head east across the Chesapeake Bay to the eastern shore (that's the coast for us west coast folk), to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. In theory it was a 3-hour ride but...we took our time and enjoyed the generally flat countryside. We arrived at our bay side motel in Chincoteague about 1/2 hour before sunset. Needless to say I got a few shots of the sun going down into the...land.
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This was nice for the meteorologist in me as this is looking north to the trailing edge of the frontal system which give the whole area rain during the day.
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That was it for what was our longest road trip day of the vacation.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 6 months ago #18

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Ooh, the colors on that last one are beautiful. Great converging lines and interesting geometry with the silhouetted boats too. Will you post some of the pictures Kyra took?
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 6 months ago #19

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Thanks, it's one of my top 5 favorites from the trip and I'm likely to print that one large. It was really a special moment in a cool place. I'll put a few of Kyra's images up here and perhaps on flickr too after she and I have had a chance to work through them (she took about 400 images).
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 6 months ago #20

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Day 6 - Today we would pack up a leave our nice motel heading for nearby Assateague Island to visit the wildlife refuge there. Also to play in the Atlantic Ocean a bit and then head for Williamsburg, Virginia our final destination.

Early morning view of the bay from our own porch.
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and a fun shot out the front door playing with sunshine and lines.
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this place has a classic lighthouse and I thought that it was fun to see it emulated by the yard lighting.
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and the real thing in the distance
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and the boring beach on the Atlantic
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Heading back to the main roads we passed by Wallops Island which was / is a NASA rocket test facility. This one on display at the visitors center was call Little Joe and was used to test the escape launch system for the Mercury space capsule (we are talking early 1960's here).
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Finally, late in the day we crossed the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay over the Bay Bridge Tunnel. This 17-mile bridge and tunnel system is a feature I've always wanted to see and it did not fail to deliver. I took a few shots from the southern most island on the bridge tunnel system.
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looking north
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the fishing pier
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A while later, we would up at our Super 8 motel for the night.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #21

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Great series Tim.
For some odd reason I find the 'vanishing point' picture quite mesmerizing. The house on the right gives the image balance and helps with the perspective. Love it!
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #22

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I like it too and others have commented on the balance provided by that house on the right. Oddly enough, I never even thought about that house when I shot it. I was focused on the lines and shadows. The house was just in frame. LOL.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #23

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Day 7 - This was our first full day in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and off we went in the morning to spend a day walking the streets of the largest living history museum in the US.

One of the very prominent buildings there is the Governors Mansion which includes a very large garden and out buildings.

Front
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Back
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The family returning from the garden maze.
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A renactor in period costume complaining about the issues of the day (taxes).
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Best of all was the demonstration of Colonial Brewing! Could have stayed all day there but...the family wanted me to move on.
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now that's a brew kettle!
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For those who like to dress up in costume, the market place provides the duds for the day.
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Case in point
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I was holding out for this costume but it was not to be.
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Kyra was fascinated by the stocks.
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During the day, renactors presented short scenes like this one of a proclamation being read from the House of Burgess.
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Or the fife and drum on parade
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Wigs anyone?
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We loved the charity auction of this horse for the war effort.
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However, at one point, the crowd was all directed to prepare to leave the city as the British were reported to be retaking the town. We assembled outside the House of Burgess as two British officers arrived on horse back. One of them THE TRAITOR Benedict Arnold attempted to persuade the crowd to turn back to the crown with promises of pardons. He made a very good argument but none were persuaded.
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Odin even got to walk the streets of town.
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At the end of the day, the fife and drum corp marched through town.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #24

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Day 8 - Our second day in Williamsburg was spent seeing the rest of it.

A colonial garden
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A formal dinner setting at the house of the local rich man
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The wares of the silversmith
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Day 9 - this was to be our last day as our flight home was that evening. We chose to visit the Jamestown settlement a few miles from Williamsburg. Jamestown, was the site of the first successful English settlement in the new world, names like Captain John Smith and Pocahontas are associated with Jamestown although the real history of those two is very un-Disney like! Anyway, we had only a short time to explore it. I can't imagine what life was like for these folk in the early 1600's.
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We saw a muskrat, snake, and turtle in the 'pitch and tar' swamp just outside the settlement.
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Life on the James River
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Not too far from the settlement and actually part of it historically is a working period glass works. Very cool to see them work it.
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and a sample product
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Finally, after all those good memories, we headed home, tired but wiser. We resolved to return sometime.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #25

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Wow! What a lot of pictures! Photography is a certainly a challenging leisure activity! It's always fun taking the images - visualizing, conceptualizing, framing, composure and last, but definitely not least, post processing. It's just a ton of work and I just wanted to say 'thanks' for taking the time and effort of sharing your travels with us. This is such an importantly historic area to Americans, almost a 'mecca' to most US citizens. And I know the feeling of 'museum burn-out'. I spent a week in Mexico City and felt driven, compelled to visit all the historically significant areas of the city but after 3 days just needed a break. It really is a case of information overload. But you've done a fantastic job and should be proud of your accomplishment.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #26

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Agreed, huge thanks for all your effort documenting your trip. It was very well done, and I enjoyed it a lot. Great finale picture, too :) Very apt!
Photons are your friends! :-)
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #27

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Well, gosh, thanks for looking in. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Washington DC and Eastern Virginia 3 years 5 months ago #28

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It looks like such a fun place to be! lovely fun photos too :cam:
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