A panda with its back against the glass barrier feeding at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Many of the animals were indoors because of the whether in DC–it is cooler than their natural climate, although the giant panda do enjoy snow days. This is the male, Tian Tian. Click on the image for a larger view.

Two Americas

Washington is not surprisingly a political place. The holiday season had its share of protests. The first is a voting rights demonstration outside the White House, the second was a white supremacist rally on the National Mall, ending at the Capitol Building. The police response was very different for each. Click on the images for a larger view.

Christmas in DC, Part 3

Skating in the sculpture garden on the National Gallery of Art. The National Archive building is in the background. Click on the image for a larger view.

A New Pursuit

Naomi and I have taken up a new hobby—target archery. We were looking for some exercise during the pandemic where we could get out of the house. We shoot at a public range in Needwood Park, which is in Rock Creek Park in Maryland. We particularly enjoy shooting in the early mornings when the sun rises.

What we also found is that archery is very meditative. It is an interesting combination of a physical and mental sport. The archer needs both the correct posture and process, known as form, and focus, both to concentrate on the process and to eliminate distractions. Shooting surrounded by woods is an added blessing. Click on the image of our spotting scope and a 40 cm target at a distance of 20 yards (18 m) for a larger view.

693,000 Flags

White flags placed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to remember those that lost their lives to COVID-19. People were encouraged to place their own flag in remembrance of someone they lost. Each day, more flags are added to match the number of deaths. By the time this display is removed on October 4th, the total number of flags could exceed 700,000.