Since 1967, the Smithsonian has staged their annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall in DC over the two weeks surrounding Independence Day.1 Each year, the event spotlights the arts and culture of various communities from the US and around the world.
Because of the ongoing feeling of pandemic languishing combined with regular winter blahs, I haven’t been up for doing any photography projects in the past few months.
But I have managed to make a few interesting images during my occasional walks through some of the many museums we are fortunate to have in DC.
Travel, of course, has been very limited over the past year, so I’ve been making short trips to interesting local sites never visited to photograph. In October, we discovered Fort Washington National Park in Maryland south of the District, a beautiful place for a fall photowalk.
The United States Institute of Peace is one of the many organizations in the city I had heard of but never knew much about. I had certainly seen their headquarters that opened in 2011 since the building is strikingly different from the many imposing, pseudo Greek and Roman-style government structures that dominate the federal section of DC.
Anyway, recently I had the opportunity to take a photowalk through and around the building. On this page are a few of the images I made and more are in this gallery.
The Washington National Cathedral is an imposing structure that sits at one of the highest points in DC and has been under construction for more than a century. One evening last week dropped into the cathedral for their annual event called Seeing Deeper during which the interior was painted with a colorful light show.
Below are a few of the photos I made. More are in my Flickr feed and Kathy’s shots are in this gallery. If you’re interested, a few more of my images of the Cathedral, taken at another time and without the lights, are in this gallery.