Kathy and I had the opportunity to tour the greenhouses where the Smithsonian cultivates the flowers and plants used for exhibits and general decoration in all their museums. It was a wonderful way to spend a cold, windy afternoon. Below are a few of my shots. More of mine are in this gallery and Kathy’s much better work is on her site.
I was working with a macro lens for the first time and very happy with the way these apricots turned out.
I don’t know what this plant is called (it was in the orchid house) but I just loved the otherworldliness of it. For some reason it reminds me of a character in the film Beetlejuice.
I see an eye formed by the water puddled in the center of this plant.
Always looking for the odd image, although I have to give credit to Kathy for spotting this one.
I’ve been past and around the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown DC many times but never really taken a good look inside the place. So I recently took a tour and, of course, brought the camera. Here are a few of the better images and more are in this gallery.
The view down Pennsylvania Avenue from Freedom Plaza towards the Capitol. The Reagan building is to the right.
The massive atrium of the main building.
A portrait of Woodrow Wilson on a window in the center named for him. One of many discontinuities in a building named for Reagan.
I like the pattern in the seats of the auditorium. This is home of the Capitol Steps, a political satire group that started early in the Reagan administration. The irony is not lost.
Last Sunday I was able to join a group for a photo walk around Washington National Airport1. Here are a few of my better shots. If you’re interested, the full set is here.
The domes of the airport’s B and C terminals with a very cloudy sky.
During this session, we were allowed to use a tripod in the terminal which makes it easier to get shots like this.
A couple of American Airlines planes waiting at the gate.
Some members of our group as reflected in the dome of a security camera.
1. Don’t ever call the place “Reagan” Airport around me. :-)
Last Friday here in the DC area, we had an unusually warm winter day after several weeks of freezing weather. That plus some rain produced some amazing fog on the Potomac River. Below are some photos taken from the waterfront in Alexandria. More are in this collection and in this one by Kathy, my friend and photo partner.
A row of boats caught in the Potomac River ice at the Alexandria marina.
Ducks in the water and gulls standing on the ice.
The MGM Grand hotel and casino seen through the fog from the Alexandria waterfront.
The Woodrow Wilson bridge shrouded in fog.
It has been a while since I posted one of these collections, although the entries about our Cuba trip last November includes some nice photos.
Anyway, here are a few random shots from the past few weeks, with more, as always, in my Flickr feed.
My friend Kathy and I have made a commitment to go out and practice our photo skills more often this year. This was from a morning we spent at Glen Echo Park, a legendary amusement park in the DC area that closed in 1968 and now operated as a cultural center.
Getting artsy, this is the reflection of trees and the sky in one of the windows of the Glen Echo carousel, which still operates but not during the winter. The windows are from an earlier time and have a lot of imperfections that cause the swirl.
One more shot from Glen Echo, this is a classic arcade machine on display in one of the buildings that would stamp letters into the coins you deposit. A sign on top strongly discouraged dropping money into the machine since it is not functional. Wonder how many people ignore it.
Some of the shoe ornaments Kathy had hanging on her Christmas tree. What is it with ladies and their shoes? :-)
A Chinese alligator at the Cincinnati Zoo. It really blended in well with the surroundings and moved very little as we stared at it.
Just a nice arrangement of cookies.