Yesterday I spent an incredible spring day walking around the lake at the Jefferson Memorial and along the National Mall to the Capital Building. The cherry blossoms are FINALLY popping out and everyone was happy just to be outside in such a beautiful place.
If you haven’t visited the nation’s capital yet, don’t wait. This is the perfect time of year and these memorials are not just gorgeous but house the most important thoughts of the founders of this country. It’s moving, it make me weep every time I go. It’s a hopeful place and you leave proud to be an American, but also humbled by the reminders of how much responsibility goes hand in hand with this kind of freedom and prosperity.
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Cherry Blossom Festival 2013!
You can see the statue’s silhouette from four sides!
Crowds of students and families on a beautiful April Day
Washington Memorial from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Washington Monument and I liked this cool tree on the left.
These trees put me in mind of huge bonsai.
Nobody has better quotes than TJ.
The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. TJ
Equal and Exact Justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political. TJ 1st Inaugural Address 1801
Looking across the Tidal Basin from TJ to WM
The architectural detail is so beautiful.
Some little buds…
Some bigger buds…
Popping out like popcorn as we walked around the lake!
We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens
Not the greatest photo, you’ll just have to visit DC and see it yourself. It’s very moving.
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Washington Monument
Some say he looks too stern, but I think he looks resolved.
Groovy, twisted trees
Boats on the lake – ahhhhh Spring.
I had to put in ONE airplane, right?
Gardens blooming everywhere around the National Mall.
Daffodils? Jonquils? Pretty!
Vining tree on wall beside the National Mall (Museum of Natural History side)
These alien looking things are going to be blooming hibiscus pretty soon!
It’s just so pretty. I love it so much.
A silver maple? Nope – a stainless steel tree in the National Art Gallery Sculpture Garden.
There is a cool story about Thomas Jefferson‘s death, although it can’t be verified because the three men present at his deathbed all told it a little differently, but in short he woke briefly on July 3rd, asked if was July 4th yet, and then hung on until it was – thereby dying exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.