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registerthis
02-27-2007, 12:48 PM
On Sunday, Washington, D.C. had that rarest of rare things--a legitimate snowfall. It's fairly common to wander around this city and snap photos of the buildings and monuments, but the opportunity to do so with a nice coating of snow on the ground is rare.

So, as the snow was winding down, my wife and I hurried out and began snapping some shots before it all melted away. I think D.C. is a gorgeous city, but it takes on a completely different character in the snow. I've attached some of the shots I took here--hope you enjoy them.

Our condo building, in the middle of the snowstorm:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Our_Place.jpg

The White House, from Lafayette Park:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Lafayette_Park2.jpg

St. John's Church, across from the White House on 16th St. It's a very old church, many of the presidents have worshipped here:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/St_Johns_1.jpg

One of my favorite shots.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/White_house5.jpg

Another one of the White House:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/White_house6.jpg

Statue in front of the Treasury Building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Treasury_Dept.jpg

Lamp posts at the gates to the White House:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/White_House_Gates.jpg

The World War II Memorial, with the Lincoln memorial in the background. (Sorry, no American Idol contestants today...)
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/WWII_Lincoln.jpg

...more to come.

registerthis
02-27-2007, 12:52 PM
The Jefferson Memorial:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Jefferson3.jpg

Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Cherry_Blossom_Trees.jpg

Jackson Place homes and buildings, IMO one of the most beautiful streets in D.C. This is across from the White House:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Jackson_Place3.jpg

The Supreme Court building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Supreme_Court.jpg

The Old Executive Office Building, next to the White House:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Exec_office_Bldg3.jpg

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one the best (and most beautiful) museums in D.C.:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Corcoran.jpg

The Washington Monument from the Ellipse:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Wash_Monument2.jpg

Statue at the Reflecting pool in front of the Capitol Building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Capitol_Grounds.jpg

RichRed
02-27-2007, 12:54 PM
Those are some great pics. I have an uncle who lives in DC - it's been too long since I've visited up there, especially only living a few hours away.

Red Leader
02-27-2007, 12:55 PM
Beautiful pictures. Thank you.

justincredible
02-27-2007, 01:00 PM
Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing!

registerthis
02-27-2007, 01:08 PM
A few more...

The Capitol Building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Capitol_1.jpg

General Lafayette Statue in Lafayette Park:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Lafayette_Park.jpg

Pennsylvania Ave. looking east:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Penn_Ave2.jpg

Historic rowhouses around Logan Circle, a couple of blocks from our place:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Logan_Houses.jpg

Another picture of Jackson Place:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Jackson_Place.jpg

The Executive Office Building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Exec_office_Bldg2.jpg

President's Park:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Ellipse.jpg

The Treasury Building:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/Treasury_2.jpg

pedro
02-27-2007, 01:15 PM
Nice pics Reg.

vaticanplum
02-27-2007, 01:38 PM
Beautiful! Good god, are you the only people who live there?

Chip R
02-27-2007, 01:39 PM
Quit posting political stuff on here. ;)

Seriously, great pictures.

RedFanAlways1966
02-27-2007, 01:41 PM
Nice shots and thank you for sharing. Both of my siblings live in D.C., so I am famaliar with most of the places you were at when taking these pics. I have only been on visits during warmer weather and it is cool to see these things with snow on them.

Remind me of one thing... didn't a person die in battle if their statue on a horse has the horse raising in the air on it's hindlegs? Like the one that you posted of General Lafayette.

registerthis
02-27-2007, 01:46 PM
Beautiful! Good god, are you the only people who live there?

The pics came out nicely, but really the city was an absolute mess on Sunday. The pic I posted above of the Tidal Basin shows you what most of the streets were like--a slushy mess. And we headed back home right as the freezing rain was starting. Don't want to be out in that. Typpically, there are a lot more people out. But not on Sunday. Not that I was complaining. :)

registerthis
02-27-2007, 01:48 PM
Remind me of one thing... didn't a person die in battle if their statue on a horse has the horse raising in the air on it's hindlegs? Like the one that you posted of General Lafayette.

That's *technically* true, but in reality I believe only a third or so of the statues in DC actually conform to this. Most of it is done for artistic purposes.

The rule is supposed to be, I believe:

Horse has two legs in the air = rider died in battle
Horse has one leg in the air = rider died from wounds suffered in battle
Horse has all legs on the ground = rider died of natural causes, or otherwise from something not related to the battle

KronoRed
02-27-2007, 02:26 PM
Nice pics, thanks :)

Yachtzee
02-27-2007, 02:38 PM
That's *technically* true, but in reality I believe only a third or so of the statues in DC actually conform to this. Most of it is done for artistic purposes.

The rule is supposed to be, I believe:

Horse has two legs in the air = rider died in battle
Horse has one leg in the air = rider died from wounds suffered in battle
Horse has all legs on the ground = rider died of natural causes, or otherwise from something not related to the battle

Here's what snopes has to say on the matter.

http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.htm

GAC
02-28-2007, 10:57 AM
Those are some downright beautiful pics reg. What kind of camera may I ask?

registerthis
02-28-2007, 12:25 PM
Those are some downright beautiful pics reg. What kind of camera may I ask?

Thanks GAC. I used a 5 MP Pentax Optio 50 for the shots...not the highest quality you can find, but I've been really happy with the results. I did run the images through an image processing program on my computer prior to posting them, to adjust the levels a bit and scale the photos down. But the quality of the camera--particularly the zoom--I've been really happy with.

I took it with me out to San Francisco last year and got some fantastic shots.

creek14
02-28-2007, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the pics, they are beautiful.

I travel to the DC area frequently for work, but am in awe each time I go. It's a spectacular place.

We're taking creek jr there during his spring break this year.

15fan
02-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Daffodils are out, the trees are blooming, and it's been sunny & mid-60s here for the past week. Couple weeks ago, we ate dinner out on the deck in shorts & t-shirts.

Life is too short to live with snow.

registerthis
02-28-2007, 12:50 PM
Daffodils are out, the trees are blooming, and it's been sunny & mid-60s here for the past week. Couple weeks ago, we ate dinner out on the deck in shorts & t-shirts.

Life is too short to live with snow.

Warm weather is nice, but I like colder weather now and then...and the snow is a nice touch. Life's too short to live in a place with two seasons. :)

registerthis
02-28-2007, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the pics, they are beautiful.

I travel to the DC area frequently for work, but am in awe each time I go. It's a spectacular place.

We're taking creek jr there during his spring break this year.

Have you ever been when the cherry blossoms are out? It's an amazing time to be here.

I've lived here for several years, and still the sight of the Capitol Dome at night, or sitting on the Capitol steps looking out towards the mall, or walking down to the White House...never fails to impress.

macro
02-28-2007, 01:27 PM
Great photos, reg!! They're saved on my hard drive now. I'm going to use them to try to convince my wife that we need to visit the city. She's skeptical, preferring beaches instead.

registerthis
02-28-2007, 01:31 PM
Great photos, reg!! They're saved on my hard drive now. I'm going to use them to try to convince my wife that we need to visit the city. She's skeptical, preferring beaches instead.

If she prefers beaches I'm not certain a bunch of pictures of a snowy D.C. will convince her! :) But absolutely come and see the sites. Springtime is the best, followed by fall....if your schedule permits.

If anyone is planning a trip to D.C., shoot me a PM and I'd be happy to give you the D-low on what/what not to do and see.

lo ryder
03-03-2007, 12:25 AM
As one who doesnt like to travel, thanks for the photos. Probably the only way I will see DC.

Yachtzee
03-03-2007, 12:37 AM
DC reminds me a lot of the great cities of Europe: Paris, London, Rome, etc. Lots of impressive architecture minus the massive skyscrapers that define so many US cities. I really miss living in a place like that.

Sweetstop
03-03-2007, 09:49 AM
Gorgeous shots.

I love your neighborhood.

registerthis
03-05-2007, 11:14 AM
Gorgeous shots.

I love your neighborhood.

We do, too. The thing about DC is that there are gorgeous rowhouses with stunning architecture literally all over the city. Even in some very dilapidated neighborhoods there are beautiful homes that just need a little TLC to get them back in shape.

It beats the heck out of living in some cookie-cutter subdivision, although when the first Registerthis Jr. arrives we might have to re-think things a bit...

registerthis
03-05-2007, 11:27 AM
DC reminds me a lot of the great cities of Europe: Paris, London, Rome, etc. Lots of impressive architecture minus the massive skyscrapers that define so many US cities. I really miss living in a place like that.

The city has a very French feel to it, with its wide boulevards and low-lying white marble buildings.

One of my favorite scenes in the city is driving up Independence Ave SW from the Jefferson Memorial/Tidal Basin, where you get to cross under the Department of Agriculture archway. There aren't many people who share my view apparently, because I had a hard time finding a picture of it, but here's one--it doesn't really do it justice:

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/stones/ag-bldg.jpg

In the background you can see the Smithsonian Buildings and the Capitol Dome, and to your immediate left is the Washington Monument. It's lovely, particularly at night. Maybe I'll try to take a couple of shots during the Cherry Blossom festival...

Strikes Out Looking
03-05-2007, 10:54 PM
We do, too. The thing about DC is that there are gorgeous rowhouses with stunning architecture literally all over the city. Even in some very dilapidated neighborhoods there are beautiful homes that just need a little TLC to get them back in shape.

It beats the heck out of living in some cookie-cutter subdivision, although when the first Registerthis Jr. arrives we might have to re-think things a bit...

Yes, the SOL's moved to the 'burbs once we had kids. The District is great, but you pretty much have to send your kids to private school--an expense we didn't want.

Strikes Out Looking
03-05-2007, 10:56 PM
Great photos, reg!! They're saved on my hard drive now. I'm going to use them to try to convince my wife that we need to visit the city. She's skeptical, preferring beaches instead.

We are only a couple hours from great beaches, so a trip to DC can easily include a trip to the beach (I prefer Rehoboth Beach, Delaware--known as the Nation's Summer Capital).

cincinnati chili
03-06-2007, 08:31 AM
Careful taking pictures of the White House during this administration. You might get thrown in a black bag in the middle of the night and sent to Guantanamo.

But seriously, great pictures. Nice condo.

BoxingRed
03-06-2007, 08:44 AM
As a George Washington Univ. alum, you just made me feel very homesick. Fantastic pics.

registerthis
03-06-2007, 10:19 AM
We are only a couple hours from great beaches, so a trip to DC can easily include a trip to the beach (I prefer Rehoboth Beach, Delaware--known as the Nation's Summer Capital).

Yep, my wife and I head to Delaware at least once every summer. We like Rehoboth and Bethany. Her aunt also has a beach house in Ocean City that we get to use...

registerthis
03-06-2007, 10:23 AM
As a George Washington Univ. alum, you just made me feel very homesick. Fantastic pics.

When were you there? Did you ever make it to The Froggy Bottom or the 51st State? I actually like Foggy Bottom a lot, there's a lot of neat restaurants and pubs tucked away amongst the streets down there.

BoxingRed
03-06-2007, 02:35 PM
When were you there? Did you ever make it to The Froggy Bottom or the 51st State? I actually like Foggy Bottom a lot, there's a lot of neat restaurants and pubs tucked away amongst the streets down there.
92-96. Definitely hung at Froggy Bottom. It was 2 blocks from my dorm. Not sure about 51st State, it doesn't ring a bell. The Brickskeller is my all time favorite bar. Hundreds of beers and an amazing juke box.

WebScorpion
03-06-2007, 03:16 PM
92-96. Definitely hung at Froggy Bottom. It was 2 blocks from my dorm. Not sure about 51st State, it doesn't ring a bell. The Brickskeller is my all time favorite bar. Hundreds of beers and an amazing juke box.

I work out of DC, but travel quite a bit. One of my favorite things to do on the road is find a local brew pub and get a sampler of their different beers. But the Brickskeller has always been a hit with me. If you can't find a beer you like on this list, you don't like beer. Brickskeller's Beer List (http://www.thebrickskeller.net/_wsn/page3.html)

I believe they still hold the official Guinness (the book, not the beer) Record for the most types of beer on the menu. (or whatever the official term is)
:beerme:

registerthis
03-06-2007, 03:34 PM
92-96. Definitely hung at Froggy Bottom. It was 2 blocks from my dorm. Not sure about 51st State, it doesn't ring a bell. The Brickskeller is my all time favorite bar. Hundreds of beers and an amazing juke box.

I love the Brickskeller so much I had my bachelor party there. No kidding.

Strikes Out Looking
03-06-2007, 05:57 PM
I love the Brickskeller so much I had my bachelor party there. No kidding.

I had mine two blocks south on M Street, if you know what I mean. And I (unfortunately) haven't been back there since (it was 1992).

registerthis
03-06-2007, 06:14 PM
I had mine two blocks south on M Street, if you know what I mean. And I (unfortunately) haven't been back there since (it was 1992).

That's a very interesting block. You've got a Chipotle, a Malaysian restaurant, the man club, a cigar store, a liquor store, and a Thai restaurant.

The Malaysian place is really good, we walk down there occasionally.

registerthis
04-23-2007, 01:31 PM
No more snow on the ground! In fact, it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in D.C., so my wife and I decided to play tourist. On Saturday, we did a guided walking tour of Capitol Hill and Barrack's Row, then strolled around Eastern Market. Unfortunately, I neglected to bring my camera on Saturday...but yesterday we elected to walk down to the Smithsonian, and I did bring my trusty digital along.

We walked down 13th street because it's where we live, and also because it's a rather scenic street in the District. Not many people spend time on it, which is a shame--there's a lot of nice buildings and parks along the way. So, I thought I'd do a little tour of 13th street with some of the photos i took yesterday. Most of them are along 13th, but a few of them venture off a bit. Hope you enjoy them...

We'll begin, naturally, at our building. I think one of our cats was looking out the window.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/1320.jpg

This is the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, a block down from us. It's a nice little church, and I've always liked the colorful row houses that follow alongside it.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/13th_Church.jpg

A couple of blocks further down, and you arrive at our neighborhood's namesake, Logan Circle. The Circle and the gorgeous Victorian houses that sorround it are on the National Register of Historic Places. General Logan is the guy on the horse in the statue:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Logan-Circle.jpg

Another shot of the Logan Circle Park. You can see some of the homes across the street--most of them are stunning.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Logan_Circle2.jpg

This is a mansion that sits on the circle. I don't know if it's a single residence or multiple, but it's nice to look at.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Logan_House.jpg

Walking a little farther down, you get to the intersection of 13th and Massacusetts Ave. Nothing of particular note here, just a nice shot down the street, with some trees and flowers out.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/13th_Mass.jpg

Here is the Franklin School Building, which I believe is still used as a private school.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Franklin_School.jpg

This is a shot of the 13th street-side of Franklin Park, one of the many green spaces one can find throughout central D.C.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Franklin_Park.jpg

Some buildings along K St. behind Franklin Park. Particularly at night, there is something about this view that reminds me a little bit of Central Park.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Franklin_Park_Bldgs.jpg

At the corner of 13th and New York Ave., looking across at the Museum of Women in the Arts.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/13th_NewYork.jpg

The plaza of the New York Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest in the city.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/NY_Prebs_Church.jpg

Here's another shot of the church:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/NY_Prebs_Church2.jpg

This is the Warner Theater, one of the main downtown theaters. We saw the Nutcracker here last December.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Warner_theater.jpg

Looking into the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Building, the largest office building in the District.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Reagan_courtyard.jpg

...more to come.

registerthis
04-23-2007, 01:37 PM
Continuing on...here is the Old Post Office Pavillion, the tallest structure along Pennsylvania Ave. You can take tours of the bell tower that give some impressive views of the city.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Old_Post_Office.jpg

Here's a shot of the Ben Franklin statue in fron of the Old Post Office:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Old_Post_Office2.jpg

This came out much better than I imagined it would--it's a shot looking through the archway of the IRS Building.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/IRS_Arch.jpg

Here's a shot of the IRS building itself:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/IRS_Bldg.jpg

One of our reasons for going out was to visit the Natural History Museum, which contained--among other things--a display on orchids that my wife wanted to see. I won't bore you with a bunch of pics of flowers, but here's one of the prehistoric elephant that sits in the entrance:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Nat_History.jpg

A view of the National Archives Building, as seen from the fountain in the National Gallery's sculpture garden:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Archives_Fountain.jpg

..and a shot of the Archives Building itself:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/archives.jpg

Some of the buildings on Indiana Plaza. Note the building in the foreground--it's actually a beautiful building, but whoever owns it has painted it that horrible pink color. Such a travesty.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Indiana_Plaza.jpg

A popular view of the Capitol, as seen looking down Pennsylvania Ave.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Capitol.jpg

And finally, the Metro stop we headed down to go home.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j288/ultrapop101/DC-4222007/Metro.jpg

KronoRed
04-23-2007, 01:40 PM
Awesome pictures RT, beautiful stuff :)

rdiersin
04-23-2007, 01:59 PM
No more snow on the ground! In fact, it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in D.C., so my wife and I decided to play tourist. On Saturday, we did a guided walking tour of Capitol Hill and Barrack's Row, then strolled around Eastern Market. Unfortunately, I neglected to bring my camera on Saturday...but yesterday we elected to walk down to the Smithsonian, and I did bring my trusty digital along.


It really was a wonderful day. My wife and I came down on Saturday from Philly to visit her old roomate who works in DC. She is a park ranger so she had to work on Saturday, so we rode the train down and visited what we could get to during the day. My wife had been to DC before, but I had not. I really enjoyed it. I really liked the WWII and FDR memorials. It was a great day to just walk around. We had nice lunch and then later went to Ben's Chili Bowl. All in all, a pretty good day. Dealing with DC drivers on the beltway on the way back, not so much ;). Of course, they aren't any worse than Philly drivers.

registerthis
04-23-2007, 02:10 PM
We had nice lunch and then later went to Ben's Chili Bowl.

Ah, I love Ben's...we walk down there quite frequently. My wife has developed an unnatural attraction to their banana milkshakes. And yet she won't touch the chilidogs!

rdiersin
04-23-2007, 02:13 PM
Ah, I love Ben's...we walk down there quite frequently. My wife has developed an unnatural attraction to their banana milkshakes. And yet she won't touch the chilidogs!

Yea, we liked it. It was a neat place. It kind of reminded me of Price Hill Chili or something, just different chili. The chili dogs were good. I guess that's why it was a good thing we got a lot of walking in.