One cannot help but notice the thousands of statues and sculptures that are scattered throughout Washington DC. Notice one and you are probably missing half a dozen more. These are great subjects to photograph as they don’t move. They can be challenging in that you have to get your shots without people in them. The shots are usually in the what I call the “crane your neck” view as you have to look up at them to take the shots. This also means you have to watch that the sky doesn’t blow out your highlights. This view, however, can add to the immensity of some of these works of art. Especially my favorite, the view of the Infinity Sculpture/Artwork that we found outside the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I’ve taken this shot before, but never did it come out like this one. The reflection of the sky in the metal just added to the feeling of motion. I don’t know what the names of many of the statues are, as I took them as we were walking from point A to point B. Often, I was only afforded a few minutes to point and shoot. We were always on the go! There is just so much to do in DC.
The first place we visit when in Washington DC is, of course, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This is a must due to my very nerdy men. My husband, a fifth grade teacher, loves science almost as much as he loves me and that’s a lot. Our 8 year old son, gifted, cute and truly a young scientist at heart wants to be a NASA engineer when he grows up. Last year he even got to meet a real NASA engineer, which of course, further fueled his desire to one day build a faster rocket than anything they have today! Watch out future American citizens, he just might do it.
Howard Hughes Plane
This plane is absolutely stunning.
Our guy in my favorite gallery.
Not a great shot, but I loved this photo. So clear and detailed.
Navigating ships by the stars.
These are only a few of the photos I took. I didn’t take near as many as I did the first time we went to the Air and Space Museum. Back in 2014, I think I took a photo of just about every exhibit. This year, not so much. I wanted to concentrate on what I was seeing. Of course, the coolest exhibit this year was the original model of the spaceship Star Trek Enterprise. Being a fan of the show, this was a must see.
A new exhibit: The original model of the Star Trek Enterprise.
Like all of our adventures this next adventure promises to be most interesting. In fact it could be our best ever. In twelve days, July 4th, Jim and I will be exchanging vows at the Silver River State Museum. This hidden treasure is part of the Marion County School Board in Ocala, FL. Being teachers Jim thought it would be only appropriate that we profess our love in a place that is meaningful and rich in history. For us it is time to write new histories.
Preparing and researching for the wedding has been an adventure in and of itself. Because of the history of the Silver River State Park we decided on a “themed” wedding. However, though we toyed with the idea of Tarzan or The Flintstones, neither of us could quite see being dressed the parts. Another theme came to mind and has taken on a life of its own.
After the wedding I will post pictures and thoughts, but for now a few more pre-wedding tasks and honeymoon chores. A couple of weeks camping trip to Washington DC and surrounding areas will be the height of our wedding adventures. No biking, no boating but lots of photos!