Category Archives: D.C.

Washington National

On a recent spring break visit to Washington, D.C., I saw the airport tower and rooftop of the main terminal building of Washington National Airport from a rooftop parking lot nearby. Under a cloudless sky the curving design elements were clearly visible. At least on this day, the normal mundane skyline image of simple rectangles and boxes is something graceful and artistic. Nice change, nice view, nice memories.

Washington National Airport Tower on a cloudless spring day

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Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, Christ Church

During a spring break to Virginia I walked around Old Town Alexandria and enjoyed a tour of Christ Church of Alexandria. The church is one of the oldest in the country. According to the web site for the church the church was designed by James Wren in the colonial Georgian style. John Carlyle completed the church in 1773. In the 1700s parishioners bought their pews as did George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Later many U.S. Presidents worshipped there.

Of cherry blossoms, rowing sculls, and springtime things . . .

Cherry Blossom Cluster on the Tidal Basin

Footpath Bloom

Springtime in Washington D.C. or wow, where did all these people come from. Some of those who ventured out this week in the beautiful weather were obviously Washingtonians who previously had been cooped up with the blahs from freezing temperatures, overcast skies and bitter wind. This situation compounded by knee-high snow and drifts deep enough to swallow young children.  The reward for this weather incarceration was the springtime blooms of cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips, green grass poking up from brown patches, temperature in the high 70s and Georgetown University sculling crews on the Potomac practicing for the races with the Pentagon as a backdrop. Thousands of photographers walked around the tidal basin photographing everything and everybody. Small weddings were happening every way you turned. Bicyclist were all over in every shape, size and gender, on race bikes, mountain bikes, and little tyke bikes. Joggers, runners and walkers were out as well. It’s a great time of year.