D.C. Biker Gangs

While walking to the Jefferson Memorial, I heard loud music approaching me from behind. What I saw was part party, part road race. This group of illuminated cyclists (with the occasional motorized skateboard and scooter) took a couple of minutes to pass because of their numbers, not their speed. I asked one member that had stop by the side of the road if this was some kind of flash mob. His reply? “It is like the fight club, what is done in the fight club, stays in the fight club.” Click on the image for a larger view.

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar are a fresh water fish, mostly found in Southern US States. These are small for the species. Documents have shown these fish can grow up to 10 ft. (3 m) in length. Overfishing and habitat destruction has impacted the population, which are declining in numbers. They are known as “primitive fish” as they retain characteristics of their ancestors from 100 million years ago. These are for sale at the fish market at the Wharf in Washington, DC. Click on the image for a larger view.

National Portrait Gallery

I was in Washington DC on business. It is a strange town. One of the mysteries is all of the museums close at 5:30, all of them except the National Portrait Gallery.

This gallery is one of the most interesting museums I have ever visited. The covered courtyard is beautiful—the “pools” in the image are sheets of water flowing over the granite floor, barely deep enough to wet the bottom of your shoes. An orchid exhibition was on display in the raised marble beds in the courtyard while I was there. Entrance is free and stays open to 7 pm. Click on the image for a larger view.

Poetry, $2

Poet, author, ordained minister, and street preacher Charles Cousins selling poetry on the streets of Washington, D.C. I bought one of published works for Naomi while heading to an appointment. His work can be found on his web site nopoetrynopeace.com. Click on the image for a larger view.

Erosion

Erosion of the Colorado plateau has left a network of canyons, mesas, and spires. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Scales of Time

Hundreds of millions of years were needed for the Colorado plateau to accumulate its material under an ocean. Hundreds of million more were needed to expose it to the atmosphere, when erosion would carve canyons and spires into its surface. Plants and animals would evolve over this time, adapting or dying out with the changing conditions. Humans are the latest inhabitants in this history. Click on the image for a larger view