Thursday, April 14, 2011

Washington D.C. Day 3 continued

So many pictures so little time…I realized as I did the last post that I didn’t put some other pictures on it, but didn’t really want to mess with the layout so here is a few more pictures that really touched me in our day wandering through the Washington Mall.


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even the detail of the subway vents was amazing. I truly could wander the WWII memorial for the whole day and feel in awe of the sacrifices that were made. Can you imagine if Japan and Germany had won how different our lives would be?!


Truly this saying is how I feel.

Now on to another scene:

One from the Vietnam Memorial…

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Interestingly, we studied the artist and her architecture who designed the Vietnam war Memorial. She was YOUNG!


Changing of the Guards at Arlington


Life-sized sculptures at the Korean War memorial. The facial expressions were hauntingly real and touching.


Out of all the pictures that I took on our trip. This is one of the handfuls that I am extremely in love with! (the homeless man in the park is probably my most favorite.)


a view of Washington D.C.’s skyline from Arlington

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I love the background to this picture, but I love Matt’s smile in the 2nd picture better. So had to put both!


A beautifully moving painted tribute to September 11, 2001

The Following Pictures are from us taking the subway home but while waiting, I just started messing around with the camera. These are a few shots that I truly enjoyed!

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The train rails.   A train coming down the track ( actually ours.)DSC_1544  DSC_1555

The new buds on bush. Garbage under that same budding bush.

Washington D.C. day 3

  • Once upon a time a girl and her guy traveled to the land of the political conflicted and instead of seeing a bunch of uptight people in suits they saw the glory of what was Washington D.C.- The National Mall (new for me this year,) The Arlington Cemetery (2 years in a row,) A lonely fox wandering down the street behind the Arlington house- Really, the Robert E. Lee Memorial- what do you think about Robert E. Lee being related to Martha Washington?  Kind of hypocrisy of opposing view don’t you think?
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Which one do you like better, the black and white or the Sepia?
Arlington, like the day  gave us a bitter reminder that in the life of a Soldier there is the ultimate sacrifice and that they really do what 1 John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.”
Quietly on our tram ride the passengers silently gave thanks for those how are protecting our rights as Americans. Thank you to all those who give up their time to save ours!
At the end this is what we saw- what a startling contrast to all the urban.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Art Museum or as I called it the “Tiring highlight to my day”… Day 2


While taking Humanities, I have re-gained my love of Art and Music.So, going to the Art Museum was a driving force after the Newseum…Matt didn’t want to go, so I went by my little lonesome self and thoroughly enjoy the 5 hours I spent there!  There was something from every decade of human existence and I loved, loved, loved it! I think I need to take an mirage of Art classes!!!


DSC_0939Ah, Monsieur Degas- how I love your study of a dancer. How many hours you must have spent observing to get the movements down so well. You were truly amazing!


The illustrations in this book are so detailed you actually feel as if you are in the scene with the partiers!

DSC_0906Qing Dynasty pottery. cir’early 18th or 19th century!


Eugene Boudin, 1864

I love this painting. It is not a bright sunny day, and yet dressed up in their finest, they are having a sit down luncheon at the beach! I want to do that !


look at this seductress… I love the colors used and the come hither look she is giving. I love Renoir! The picture below is my favorite Renoir, but they didn’t have the painting so, this is a poster you could buy- I ended up getting a bookmark of it.



Madonna and Child- Terra Cotta painted and gilded, 1430!


Portrait of Lorenzo di Credi Perugino 1488

Do you think he was a priest?


Death and the Miser  Bosch 1485/1490


Cherubs playing with a Swan 1672/1673


I love that there are trees growing inside! 


This painting took over 8 years to finish- I wonder what Gentileschi was doing during all that time? Lute Player 1612/1620


Interior of St. Peter’s Rome. 1754 Panini (no, not the sandwich.) looks so real doesn’t it?


A Bishop saint Reimenschneider 1515/1520 Wood


Don’t you love this couple?  I sure thing it is a fun painting. Reminds me of a Renaissance Festival (check out the Jester in the background.)

Ill Matched Lovers 1520/1525

Why are they ill matched do you think?


Marchessa Doria 1606 Rubens


Bag Pipe player Brugghen 1624


Bearded Man with a Beret Lievens 1630


I love this painting, we studied this one in class after we were in D.C. So much detail. Do you want to go iceskating too?

Winter Landscape with Skaters Van Breen 1611



Not the greatest shot, but I loved it so I had to put it up… This might be painted by an ancestor of Matt’s.

Youth Making a Face – Adraein Brouwer 1632/1635 (Finnish)



Portrait of Flowers- S. Brower 2011