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Washington D.C. and Maryland May 2005

Our Nations Capital in Washington D.C.

For locals wondering where I took this shot, it is from the Native American Indian Museum.

The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in 1943, on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. This circular classical white marble monument is in keeping with a style much favored by the third U.S. president, architect, scholar and political thinker. In the center of the memorial is a standing statue of Jefferson. On the inside walls are four inscriptions based upon Jefferson's writings. They describe his beliefs in freedom, education of all people, and the need for change in the laws and institutions of a democracy.
The Washington Monument, was built at intervals between 1848 and 1885 with funds from public subscriptions and Federal appropriations. It memorializes President George Washington's achievements and devotion to principle and to our country. The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and opened to the public on October 9, 1888.

The monument has been recently cleaned and is beautiful. If you want to climb the 897 step you will have a spectacular view.

The National Museum of the American Indian is the newest of the eighteen Smithsonian Institute museums. It was opened in September 2004. The museum has an organic and handcrafted quality to it, and its forms were inspired by nature.
The Kasota limestone from Minnesota exterior walls appear to be carved by wind and rain. The design process included suggestions from Native Americans throughout North, Central, and South America.

Forty boulders, known as grandfather rocks, greet visitors around the museum. The stones were brought from a quarry area in southern Quebec, Canada. Used to offer prayers, the rocks symbolize the native belief that all parts of the natural world are our relatives.

Directional stones at each of the cardinal compass points visible outside the building are metaphors for the indigenous people of the Americas. The stones come from Hawaii (west), Canada (north), Maryland (east), and Chile (south).

Mother and Child by Allan Houser who has been referred to as the Grandfather of Contemporary Native American sculpture.
Native Americans honor all women.

Everything is born of the woman. Everything comes into existence through the feminine principle.

Nothing must be done to harm the children, for eternal life is through the children.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home.
Fifty-six seventeen foot high granite pillars celebrate the unprecedented unity of the nation during WWII. The pillars are connected by a bronze sculpted rope that symbolizes the bonding of the nation. Each state and territory from that period and the District of Columbia is represented by a pillar adorned with oak and wheat bronze wreaths and inscribed with its name; the pillars are arranged in the order of entry into the Union, alternating south to north across the plaza beginning adjacent to the Field of Gold Stars.
President Harry S. Truman inscription.


A barn in Southern Maryland
A mother Osprey guarding her nest on the lower end of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.
Sunrise at Port Tobacco in Southern Maryland

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