National Mall & Memorial Parks (Washington, DC)
By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
This afternoon, I showed some wonderful condos in Alexandria, Virginia.  Coming to or from Virginia, I passed the Washington Monument, and on the way home, the sky was clear and an amazing shade of blue.  And in case you are wondering (especially after all of the posts I write about distracted driving), I was behind the camera, but not behind the wheel!
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
These two ladies have been standing in front of the US Capitol since 1878.  They are the Peace Monument that honors the naval officers and sailors who died during the Civil War.  If you want to see this 44-foot tall statue the next time you visit Washington, DC, you can find it just north of Pennsylvania Avenue, on First Street NW near the big national green house.      
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Washington is a city of monuments.  Some are huge and get tons of visitors every year.  Others just seem to be dropped in an empty space.   I found this statue of President James Garfield, a memorial on the west side of the Capitol building.  He only got to be President for about four months before some ticked off office seeker assasinated him.   I took this one with my new camera - I need some practice for France.
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
This might be Washington's prettiest week of the year.  The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and we have more tourists than people who live here.  They look sort of like cotton candy. I took this shot from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, looking across the Tidal Basin toward the Martin Luther King and Lincoln Memorials. 
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
One of the best places to get a wonderful photo of the Jefferson Memorial is standing against that white railing just above the water line above the Tidal Basin.  But on Friday, I changed places. I took some fun shots sitting on the steps of the Jefferson looking toward the governement offices along 14h Street near Independence Avenue.  There are paddle boats along the edge that people can rent to get a wonderful view of Tidal Basin, and great exercise to boot! This was one of those moments when, with a great zoom lens, I could have used a tripod.   
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
This morning, I headed down to the Tidal Basin to check out the cherry trees, which were suppoxed to be at their peak toay.  And they did not disappoint!   It was a bit breezy, so I didn't get a completely smooth water surface for my photos.  But the blossoms were beautiful nontheless.  
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
In 2011, the earth moved here in Washington, DC.  No, it wasn't great sex, but an unusal (for this area) earthquake.  The Washington Monument was among the structures that the quake damaged, and it's been wearing it's scaffolding ourfit ever since then.  Well, it's finally come off, and the monument is, once again, fun to look at and photograph.  In a few months, when the cherry blossoms below the monument are in full bloom, it will look spectacular once again.
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