Washington D.C. Photo Essay

The conference hotel was surrounded by tulips. What an amazing flower. See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

There is something special about seeing this for the first time.

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown

In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.

The spot and view from where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the monumental “I have a dream” speech. It was surreal, because no one seemed to notice or take care it was there. I had to literally wait until people would stop crossing my path to take this picture. It felt like they were stepping on his message. How true are these words of his: “[W]e are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. “Facing the Challenge of a New Age” (Speech in Dec. 1956)

Our Nation’s Capitol

Navy Memorial. The bottom plaque is for my dad; it says, “Destroyer Escorts: Trim but Deadly”

The Presidential family was indeed there- Michelle had apparently just returned from China. It felt eerie being stared at by Secret Service scouts and snipers.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Above is the first successful Turboprop engine which powered the Vickers Viscount. Bottom is the Hughes H1 Flyer, which broke the world speed record (352 mph) in 1935.

Top, something missing??, Middle, gigantic outflow channels on Mars. Bottom, engineering test model of the Voyager series satellite, which according to Heavens Above, is 113 AU away from the sun (V1).

The original Wright Flyer- so awesome to see this!! Also, Wilbur was a great student-kid’s, pay attention in school!

Copernicus knew the solar system didn’t revolve around him, the top picture show proof from his book Commentariolus. The Space Shuttle is currently on one of its last missions. Maybe we’ll go to Mars next!

We are capable of so much destruction. The Tomahawk missile became famous in Desert Storm as a SCUD buster. The Minuteman ICBN Missile disgusts me, and I felt physically ill looking at it.

Top is Auguste Rodin’s, Monument to Balzac. Bottom is Giacomo Manzu’s, Young Girl on a Chair.

Still haven’t had enough? Feel free to check out more of the photos I took here.

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8 responses to “Washington D.C. Photo Essay

  1. Wow.

    What a trip, and what an education for you. I’m thrilled that you got to go do this, and I’m so proud of your patriotic attitude! Bravo!

  2. Why does the Minuteman missile disgust you?

    • Because it is an instrument of death- it serves no purpose but to kill en masse. I felt the same way when I looked at the Shell of the A-bomb that is at the Nimitz Museum in Fredricksburg. I understand it is a necessary evil in this world- yet that doesn’t mean I should feel honored to see it. Does that make sense?

  3. I don’t know if “honored” is the right word. But when you look at it, you should realize that without it, and its predecessors, you would be speaking Russian right now.

  4. The more I think about it, the more I realize I didn’t say enough. You said it is an instrument of death, and in that sense, you are right. However, it has saved millions of lives, and has yet to be used for death. “MAD” works!!

    • I don’t disagree with you. But why do you think that I shouldn’t be disgusted about it? It’s purpose is essentially a mechanical representation of the malady of the human condition. We cannot get along in peace- so we enforce peace with threatened mutual annihilation. In other words, we are as a whole self-centered and without reproach. Does that not disgust you at some level?

      It is the same disgust I felt looking on the Minute Man- a cognitive realization that humans can be self-centered and repulsive.

      I feel like you think I shouldn’t be disgusted- I contend that I can realize what the world would be like without the ICBM, be glad in it, and yet also be disgusted by the thought.

  5. It’s a natural condition. Survival of the fittest. It’s just that we have rational brains, so we can carry it further than the other animals. But, it boils down to survival of the fittest.
    I say it’s nature. You are religious, so you have to believe that God made us this way. Since all animals are the same way, it was meant to be that way. (Either with nature, or God.)

  6. Our generation had it easy. We had borders, and property to protect, and so did our enemies. It’s goiing to be interesting to see how your generation handles terrorists who have none of that. How do you retaliate?

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