Saturday, June 23, 2007

Washington, D.C.: Day 5

We're up dark and early tomorrow (Day 7) for our return trip, so the captions will be minimal. Today, we toured the White House (no photos), then went to the National Aquarium and Zoo (Juliet's better, so joined us for the latter two). In the evening, my older brother Miles and I spent five hours downtown photographing the monuments.

If a picture is worth a thousand word, here are roughly 50,000 words:




The George Washington Masoner's Temple in Alexandria is our local landmark.



And here's the view off the King Street Metro Station, a short walk from our hotel.



Billie and the girls on the metro into Washington, D.C.



And walking the lovely corridor between buildings at the Federal Triangle area.



Ah, such wonderful flowers, both on and off the sidewalk.



The National Aquarium is like a dimly lit fishstore, with larger and more interesting fish, perhaps. Here the girls pose in front of a baby alligator.



Among the more interesting sealife, besides the tiger and leopard sharks, is this large lobster.



Onto the zoo, walking back to the Metro stop we had this great view of the Capitol and old Post Office tower (I think) down Pennsylvania Avenue.



At the National Zoo, we were at first disappointed (though that doesn't show here). The first 1/4 of the zoo is just okay, but the rest is really grand.



One of the highlights early on is the cheetah exhibit, which my zoom lens allowed us to focus in on, so to speak.



Of course, one of the big attractions is the panda bear. Here's the older bear, sleeping.



The red panda, in the crook of the tree, was part of the really grand Asia Trail exhibit.



Hugging a bronze panda isn't quite like hugging the real thing, but close enough.



Our younger daughter smiles for the camera.



Next stop: the Bird House, where the zoom lens captured the two beauties above...



... along with beauties like this green magpie. Yes, it's both real and alive.



Along the main walkway is a heavy mister, which was great fun for both girls.




Our main pursuit was the solitary bald eagle, which didn't disappoint, though a telephoto lens or binoculars is a must for this exhibit.




Rock and roll!



Or relaxing jazz, perhaps?



In the golden lion tamarin area, we saw a mother deer and two suckling fawns.



Puffy flowers and tired girls.



But not too tired to pose with this colorful bear, a block or so away from the zoo.



Miles and I got a later start than we hoped for our night photography mission, but still got some sunset light for shots such as this one of the Washington Monument.



And the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin.



Back we walked to the Washington Monument. We probably walked five miles this evening.



Most night photos were taken with the tripod, though this is a handheld shot, hence the fuzziness that's still pretty cool, methinks.



The World War II Memorial, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background.



Fountains at the World War II Memorial.



View of Lincoln Memorial above the Reflecting Pool. Unfortunately, some shots like this got a bit overexposed. Ah well, guess that's why I'm an amateur photographer.



One of my favorite night shots turned out to be the Korean War Memorial, which is haunting enough in the daylight, but absolutely chilling at night.






World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol, taken from Lincoln Memorial.



A bit less bright photo of Lincoln Memorial, with the half-moon in the upper left corner.



A handheld shot of the Lincoln statue.



The triceratops head on the Constitution Avenue side of the Museum of Natural History.



And lastly, a couple shots of the U.S. Capitol, from the Mall.



Tomorrow, we separate for a bit. But you better believe I'm sleeping in!
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