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.

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.

Cherry Blossoms, Part 1

We went downtown to see the blossoming cherry trees around the tidal basin in Washington last night. The crowds were so large, we decided to have dinner on the steps of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving and watch the trees from a distance. The park service has said it might close off the tidal basin area to reduce the risk of spreading COVID if the crowds become too large, which seems very likely. While trying to avoid people on the way home, we took this image of the Washington Memorial on the National Mall. These trees were very different ten days earlier. Click on the image for a larger view.

Cherry Blossom Art

DC has placed public art out for their cherry blossom season. Artists have designed patterns for public seats in the shape of a cherry blossom. Three of these seats can be found in the Enid A. Haupt Garden next to the National Mall. The black and white seat is outside the University of DC in Van Ness. Click on the image for a larger view.