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the places: washington d.c.

I’m a pouter, a  bit petulant and have been known to sulk on occasion. I see no wrong in stomping my feet with my lower lip protruding, injecting just a bit of whine onto my voice all in the attempt to get my way.

When I knew I was going to Virginia to shoot a wedding, I started hinting to my friend that I wanted to go to “the City” and explore. I had never been to the country’s capital and was dying to see it. Little known fact, I love history. I don’t retain most of it, but I enjoy hearing about it and seeing the richness of what made our world what it is today.

My friend hemmed and hawed for a while and then told me, “Well, since it’s the day after the wedding, we are all going to be really wrecked.”

My bottom lip made it’s appearance.

“Um, maybe. I’ll talk to the others.”

My arms crossed in front of me.

“Okay, okay. If worse comes to worst, I’ll take you to the Metro and you can go exploring by yourself.

“Fine,” I said, “But if I get mugged or kidnapped, you’ll feel guilty for the rest of your life.”

In the end, I got my way…as I always do (wink, wink) and the whole group ended up on a grand tour of the historic sites Washington DC had to offer.

Here’s the group:
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You could not tell that it had rained ALL DAY the day before. The clouds were amazing. This image was straight out of camera.
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I had a little obession with the Washington Monument:
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I worked on making the perfect sunflare:
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I took this picture for my daughter who loves American Flags. It is outside of the Holocaust Museum where the shooting occurred on Wednesday of this week. My heart goes out to the family of the guard who was killed.
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We were actually visiting on D-Day. It was emotional and very moving. Traveling with military and government workers, the moment was especially poignant when at the sound of The Star Spangled Banner, I sensed stillness all around me. My companions were standing at attention, facing the flag. It was a beautiful moment that still brings tears to my eyes.

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I know you are waiting on wedding pictures from Virginia…they are coming. I promise.

the places: downtown la ~ [b]school day trip

My life is scurrying by at a frenetic pace these days. Okay, admittedly, it always  kind of rapidly moves at a rabid velocity of force, that  propels me into the next hour, day, year, life. And a few times each year, my brain forces me to shut down and I sit with dark Eeyore clouds hanging over my head wanting no more responsibilities, no more emails, phone calls, people needing attention, favors or any other hullabaloo.

Yet, they continue to bombard me.

And before anyone emails me about taking the day off, I don’t have time for that. Read above paragraph!

Yes, I’m a bit burnt out.

So, I look for brief respites. One of my favorite things to do is going on  Day Trips with my [b]school friends. The whole day is devoted to just shooting random images and hanging out. No emails, phone calls, people needing attention or favors…

This trip I put my foot down to any more bouts with nature (see previous posts on rattlesnakes, snakes, hiking, and other creatures native to the undeveloped outdoors). We took a train and ended up at Union Station. I didn’t do much shooting, but spent the day just BE-ing.

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I’m not TOO burnt out to miss that the window at Union Station looks like Louis Vuitton’s signature pattern.jwp_3963

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