Photos from DC 8/2/14

By: WeatherWise , 5:45 PM GMT on August 19, 2014

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Photos from Washington, D.C. Trip

In last blog, I shared photos from my travel day. We left Roanoke at 6 am so as to get to Vienna by 10 to catch a performance for the girls at the Theater in the Woods in the The Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts. We ate a quick sandwich as we headed over to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly VA. We spent the night in Chantilly at a really nice hotel called Staybridge. We really lucked up on our room - it was a suite with two bedrooms, two baths and a sitting room and a full kitchen - not that we were cooking. The girls did pop some popcorn. Surely would have been nice to have had that suite all week.

On Saturday, we drove into DC - Everything was pretty and peaceful and easy to get around.


The Captitol Building




The White House





We started out with an Overview of the Smithsonian and tour of The Castle (Home to the Smithsonian Information Center as well as the Institution’s administrative headquarters).


The Castle: Intro to Smithsonian - A tour explaining the Smithsonian




Amazing Architecture in the Castle





Peacock for my blog friends with real peacocks of their own - I think Calpoppy and perhaps GardenGrl





Smithsonian Natural History Museum
After the tour, we headed over to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The girls really enjoyed the hands on area of the museum.


They seemed super surprised that I recognize this tobacco worm - I explained that we used to have to take them off the plants as a kid





This one was so weird - looked like a walking leaf





Another weird one






The World War II Memorial
We ate a sandwich as we headed over to the World War II Memorial - The girls worked on a Junior Ranger Badge that included all of the memorials which took several trips back. By now, it was getting quite hot and and I was feeling tired.




The Vietnam Memorial
Next we headed over to the Vietnam Memorial which I am always interested to see. The Park Ranger helped me find my brother-in-law's name on the wall and did a penciled rubbing for me with a special pen or pencil. The girls realized about that time they needed to do one for their badge so they did one of their uncle's name also.








The Washington Monument
Our last activity for the day was a tour of the Washington Monument. Thank goodness for elevators - We went all the way to the top. What a view from all directions!


The Capitol Area - View from the top of the Washington Monument





The Capitol - View from the top of the Washington Monument





The Jefferson Memorial from the top of the Washington Monument




Our hotel from the glass elevator




For Sandi - Surely thought of your fish pool when I saw all of these fish in the pools downstairs. Feeding time was at 9 and 6 - a tray of little cups of fish food was set out for the kids or big kids too to feed the fish. It was quite exciting. You will probably see more fish shots.





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23. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:16 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
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22. WeatherWise
2:10 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Thanks, Barb!! That was the selling factor on the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS - that plus the terrific zoom - Having a real viewfinder.

Hi Sandi, Thanks. Yes the fish reminded me of your little pool with fish. Did not see the fish in the pool in butterfly garden on Sat. Sure they were there just in hiding like yours were that time.

I have one more photo that reminded me of you. Remember your photo of the major trimming of your really tall hedge. I saw one similar at the Arlington House - it was used to kind of hide from view one of the outer buildings that was behind the vegetable garden.





Hi Maria. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me bouquet of fungi. With all of the rains, we have them too. Not so pretty as yous but like where the fairies live.


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21. Proserpina
1:58 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Hi, I am sharing my fungi photo. I uploaded the wrong photo of the same subject but it will give you an idea of the colorful fungi I found in my yard after lots of rain.



Love the photos on your blog. All familiar to me and all still look beautiful to me!

Happy Monday to you.
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20. sandiquiz
2:16 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
Wow - what a day you had! I would have been total exhausted doing all that sight-seeing!

Thanks for the fishy mention:)
Funnily enough, there is a large artificial lake in my home town. I try to visit it when I go home, just to feed the Koi Carp! You can buy food from the entrance gate, and the fish will come up to the edge of the pond and some will lift themselves out of the pond so you can drop the food right into their open mouths!



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19. barbamz
9:13 AM GMT on August 23, 2014
Thanks for sharing your pics from Washington DC, Shirley! Long ago that I've been there myself for a week.
Concerning the rotation of photos: I've got the same problem since most of the modern cameras won't provide a viewer any more, grrrr. You have to shoot your photos half blind because it's often hard to see the preview on the little screen in bright sunlight. I always have to edit my shots in Photoshop in order to calibrate the horizon, sigh.
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18. WeatherWise
3:07 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
August Nights - Once August nights get here, if left out, my car has dew/fog all over it. If I go out early, all windows need a good wipe down. So that leaves me a big chore to downsize my little play patio area so that I can get my car under the carport.

I had already brought my little mosaic table and chairs set inside before leaving for DC. So this morning after rolling my trash container to the street, I started working under the carport. I brought one more table and chairs set inside and placed by a sunny window in my den. I moved all of my wicker furniture to the sides of carport with walls. The hardest one to move is little table with umbrella - the umbrella base of it is so heavy. I had to move the rug around sideways all the way to the back first and then move the table and chairs to the back of the carport.

There is still a lot to be done before winter - moving the trellis pots to the back area and other pots to make sure I don't have to worry about hitting them with the car. That will be for another day and perhaps for another few weeks. It is a good feeling to have gotten this much done this am.

I did not go for a morning walk but worked under carport instead, Then off to church for 10:30 brunch and a movie about perhaps the ship - the Queen Mary? The Ghosts of War - The story of the RMS Queen Mary and the men who sailed aboard her. Anyone ever heard of it?

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17. WeatherWise
1:57 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Tonight's Deer - On my late evening walk I found a deer in the little churchyard by the back woods.



It was almost dark and it was dark in the woods back by the little churchyard. Storm was brewing - light thunder - lady came out calling her dog asking me if I had seen the dog. Was hard to get the photo. Deer ran and I headed home. I got back home just as it started to sprinkle and the lightnight was the type that lights up the whole area behind the trees not the streaks of lightning.
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16. WeatherWise
9:22 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Hi YOR, Glad the bad flooding was farther from you. I tried to go back and find the photo from VIP Cebu that I mentioned but it had already rotated out.

Hi WTS, I hope they are. I have not seen them recently. I miss feeding the birds. Hahaha....yes, and we were there 10 days. Imagine trying to see it all in one day.

Good news, My son is out of the Congo and heading home..
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15. WatchinTheSky
2:42 AM GMT on August 21, 2014
I can't believe you couldn't make it to all of the museums! I mean, there were only 20 ;-)
DC is certainly on my To Go list, one of these years... Nice photos, and personal touches. Squirrels behaving?
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14. YelloworangeRose
11:26 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Yes there were 5 tourism students on a field trip swept away by the swelling river in Bulacan. That place was heavily inundated. it is a bit far from where i am. We do have floods on heavy rains especially on low lying areas in downtown Cebu and in some places in Mandaue. Those leaf like insects are very pretty I am glad they are taking care of them and hope they could propagate them too.
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13. WeatherWise
8:40 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
This is the photo of the little room I was telling you about that I did not quite understand what the guide was saying. I am thinking this was the access to the rooms on the next level before stairs were built or elevators. The scientist climbed a ladder to get up to that little door.

Hope to get the story that he told.


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12. WeatherWise
2:43 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Thanks, Calpoppy! I knew you had peacocks and was not sure of GG's connection but remembered her photos. I agree, Washington, DC is a lovely place to visit. I did not get to do the Potamic but think it would have been so peaceful and nice.

My son is in the Congo - he is there on a mission trip to get a well dug for a village in need of fresh clean water. They hit solid rock perhaps Monday and finally broke through after 70 ft of solid rock was the good news this am.

I thought the hotel was lovely, too. We stayed on the 7th floor. It is Embassy Suites. My daughter pretty much chooses Embassy Suites if it is available. I think they are pretty much alike all over the country. At least, it looked very much like the one we stayed in when we were in Memphis. I should blog that sometime too - my trip to Graceland - Elvis's estate. The neat thing about them is the rooms or suites. Perfect for traveling with kids - has a bedroom with two kingsize beds and bath and vanity with sink, a door that closes, then a living room area with dining table, another sink and counter and a pull out sofa sleeper. So was quite comfortable for 5. Breakfast is included a large continental breakfast with a special omelet bar as well cooked any way you like it.In the evenings, starting at 5:30, they serve unlmited snacks, open up the softdrink fountains for free, serve alcholic beverages at 1 dollar per drink until fairly late...not sure what time. They have a neat little area with large tv where they show a free movie for the kids at 5:30 also. I did not see any fish in the pools in the one in Memphis so it was a super surprise for me to look down from the elevator and see the fish the first day we were there.
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11. calpoppy
1:32 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
I am the second lurker ;) I saw the stuffed peacock and a big thanks for thinking of me and GG!! I am the one with the peacocks, GG is the one that takes great pics of peacocks :) I wondered about the stuffed peacock too, why is it there? Maybe a favorite bird that hung around the museum? I am hoping one day to go there, my youngest son went there when he was in middle school. They have a field trip there every year. Before he went into helicopters he was on a Coast Guard boat that was out of Boston. They spent a week in DC taking official people up and down the Potomac. A great experience for a young Coastie.

Speaking for sons, where in Africa is your youngest?

The hotel you stayed at is something! Very pretty!! My favorite picture is of the man showing how to get the name off of the wall, I like the reflection!! Very sad that you lost your BIL in the Vietnam war. A sad war that one was :(

I love the bugs!
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10. WeatherWise
12:25 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Glad to hear flooding was not too bad, YOR! Seems like perhaps someone posted a flooding in your area and it was chosen as a VIP weather shot. That is why I asked.

Hi GG, I crown you first as lurker! Thanks for checking out my photos and your kind comments. Did you see the photo of the peacock that I took for you and calpoppy? I just had to take the shot even though there was a huge group of folks on the tour right under it. So did one of those above the folks shots. I wanted to ask what was the significance of including it in the display but did not. I did ask my daughter if he said as was afraid I had missed it. She said he did not mention it to go back and ask. I decided not to to ask.

There was a neat little room off to the side that he took us in and told us a story. I don't recall it well enough to tell it....something about a get away up in the ceiling. I will ask my daughter that story and post that photo later. and that was where he ended the tour.
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9. GardenGrrl
10:07 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Hi I claim first lurker. Saw this right after you posted it while I was sneaking a peak at the blogs while at work.
Really liked running through the photos. Was kind of surprised by my second run through to notice they all were a bit more rushed than your daily walking pictures but the technique actually works for a going on a tour with a group of people shots. That was my impression the first time I looked at them. Totally has the family vacation vibe. Could almost here the background chatter.
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8. YelloworangeRose
8:55 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Quoting 5. WeatherWise:

Did you have some flooding recently? HOpe all is well with you.


Some parts of our place was flooded. But our place was not affected. After I heard the loud thunder and the rain started , i decided sleep and woke up 9 hours after ^_^ love it when it rains. i sleep like a baby.
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7. WeatherWise
2:22 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Thanks, Skye! Thanks for taking a look at my photos. Washington, DC is beautiful! We were discussing that strange leafly looking creature. I think perhaps it is call the leaf insect.
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6. Skyepony (Mod)
1:05 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Enjoyed the pics & tour. Top of the Monument pics brought back memories:)
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5. WeatherWise
12:05 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Hi YOR, Yes they were all alive and there was a museum curator right there with them. Perhaps at least two helpers. They would take them out one at a time for the children to touch and hold. That was not my best shot of the leafy one - however the best shot was more about the guy's tatoo all the way up his hand and arm and I did not want it to be about the tattoo. I was able to cut more of it out of this one.

Thank you for checking out my photos. Glad you liked going along with me through photos. I have more photos.

Did you have some flooding recently? HOpe all is well with you.
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4. WeatherWise
11:54 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Thanks for the suggestions. I am not sure if my camera has a level indicator of not and not sure how to tweak the rotation. I am not trying to make excuses. I have to say I am not proud or pleased with my photos but they are nice memories. This trip was not about photos for the others. My son-in-law has top of the line rebel or whatever but did not even bring it on this trip - just a little pocket camera smaller than the palm of his hand and cell phone. He would walk ahead and get his shots and if I ever caught up for a photo, I was to keep on walking as they would walk faster than me. All outside photos were just snapped between trying to catch up. Sometimes my best shot would have a family or lots of folks in it and out of courtesy to them and no permission did not choose that photo. Often I tried to take photos above all the folks so yes a lot of crank-sided shots and often no shots. Even at the Lincoln Memorial, families were lined up to get their whole group photo in front of the statue inside. In order to get a photo without all those folks in it.

The weather was great - always clouds like it might rain but it never did. Always a nice breeze making it more pleasant. The temps barely rose above 82 while there.

You know, there were buses and was even included in our unlimited metro pass but my group chose not to use the buses. Yes, there are bus tours to the monuments which I think would have been the wise way to see them. It drops you off at the monument and is there to pick you up and take you to the next monument. I have done a night tour before when I was in DC for a conference. We did take a bus tour of Arlington Cemetery once we got there...is more like a tram or trolley....is open air like at Disney for parking lot. It made stops and was there to pick you up as your finished each stop.

I don't know about that leafy looking guy - it had a name. I suspect the tomato horn worm and the tobacco worm are probably one and the same. Not sure as we hung back so the discussion was about and with the children and not us.

Thanks for the questions. They were all good ones. Thanks for taking a look at my photos....I have many more. I could not decide how to organize them for posting. I finally decided to post them by the day posting one from each place I went. Some days I will combine as somedays we only did two places and some places did not allow cameras or photos.

Oh, and just so everyone knows, you have to have tickets for the Washington Monument tour. They don't cost anything but your have to get to the ticket booth which is in a different area and stand in line for them. We dropped my daughter off first thing as we got into DC to get our tickets. She caught up with us later at the Smithsonian. The tickets go pretty fast I think.
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3. YelloworangeRose
10:47 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Hi Shirley,
Thank you for the photos, nice to see such nice and memorable places even with just pics. I was wondering if those green worm, orange grasshopper and the orange creature are alive? I have seen a green creature long time ago where it's left wing looks like a leaf of an avocado and the other wing looks like another leaf. I think these creatures are like chameleons too they can hide incognito on trees? so I suspect the orange ones live in a tree or plant with orange leaves or flowers. Could be new creatures too.
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2. BriarCraft
10:11 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
I am enjoying your photos, WW, but I find myself tipping my head to the left on many of them. Not finding fault so much as offering advice, you should consider turning on the level indicator on your camera's LCD or else tweak the rotation in your photo editor.

Judging from the clouds and haze in many outdoor photos, I am guessing that the weather must have been quite humid. How was the weather while you were in DC?

Are there buses or shuttles to help tourists get from one place to another? Or do you just have to hike? I am wondering about little kids, old people, and the handicapped. Surely there is a way to help the accessibility of all the many sights in and around the Mall?

That Walking Leaf is a very large and odd-looking bug. I wonder if it is a cousin of the praying mantis. The Tobacco Worm looks similar in size and color to the Tomato Horn Worms that I saw in San Diego. Those guys turn into giant moths that resemble hummingbirds. Bet the Tobacco Worm turns into one giant moth, too. I could spend days in the Smithsonian, especially the Natural History Museum, and feel that a trip to DC was worthwhile even if I saw nothing else.

Proofreading my comment just now, I look back and see so many question marks. I am just full of questions, aren't I? And there's another one! I hope that's all right.
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1. WeatherWise
7:58 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
From the last blog
Hi Plapman, Sorry you had to deal with the tree down and the clean up. Hope it did not fall on the house. Glad the tornado missed you without damage.

Quoting 23. plapman:

Good morning.
We've had some really severe thunderstorms lately. The one that took the tree was about a week ago.
The night before last a tornado was spotted just south of Portage. Luckily no damage has been reported.



Hi Sandi, you are so ready for this trip - everything done in advance with time to kill. That is great self-discipline. Hope it is a fun time for you. Can't wait to see photos!

Quoting 24. sandiquiz:

Hi Shirley,

Just dropping by to say hello.....and goodbye.
Should be back by Saturday, with photos, hopefully!


I think I forgot to put a photo of the Washington Monument in my blog entry.






We did not come near to see all of the Smithsonian museums. This is a list of the ones in DC - Seems there are two in NY.

D.C. Metro Area Smithsonian Museums:

African American History and
Culture Museum
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
American Art Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum
Anacostia Community Museum
Arts and Industries Building
Freer Gallery of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Zoo
Natural History Museum
Portrait Gallery
Postal Museum
Renwick Gallery
Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution Building,
The Castle
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