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United States Capitol Building

United States Capitol Building

One of the things I was most excited about on my recent trip to Washington D.C. was the change to see the Capital. For me what that building represents is far greater than the things that actually go on inside it. Sure there are many people that despise politics, and at times I am one of them. But this is not meant to be a political post and I do not want it to turn into one.

Instead, I want to look at the beauty that is our nation’s capitol. The U.S. Capitol building has gone through many changes over the years. George Washington laid the cornerstone in 1793 and since then it has only grown in both size and importance. It would be years until the entire complex was complete, and even included a fire which we will get to in a minute.

During the War of 1812 it is famously known that the British burned the White House, but they also burned the Capitol. Luckily a rainstorm prevented the complete destruction of the building.

The building was not complete until 1826, but even at that time it was not the same as you know it today. It continued to grow. This is what it looked like in 1846:

US Capitol 1846

Now that looks very close to the original intentions of the building, but as the United States grew the Capitol needed to grow too. By 1850 the number of states in the Union had more than doubled and thus required more space for the government in Washington.

I find it interesting that a future president, of a rouge nation anyway, that introduced the appropriation bill to expand the Capitol, Jefferson Davis. This was in 1850. And by 1868 the building had been expanded including a new and larger dome to match the new larger building.

But many people do not know that the Capitol grounds includes more than just the main building that everyone has grown to know. It also includes six House and Senate buildings, the Supreme Court Building, the US Botanic Gardens, and other structures as well. It is not well known that the Supreme Court actually worked out of the Capitol for years.

The US Capitol website has put out a great video that shows the evolution of the buildings from the Capitol to the Supreme Court building. Check it out here:

As you may have learned in school, and coming from a high school history teacher I hope you did, the Capitol has great influence from both Greek and Roman architecture. It is a beautiful building inside and out. You can tour the building if you are in Washington, and I recommend walking around the grounds. It truly is a beautiful building and one I was really glad to photograph. However, due to time constraints I was not able to see it all. I can’t wait to get back to see more. Here are a few of my shots as I walked around the outside of the building.

For more information on tours, history, or what goes on in the Capitol, go to VisitTheCapitol.gov

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Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C.

 

Lincoln MemorialRecently I had the chance to spend nearly a week in Washington D.C. and it was awesome. Regardless of what you think about the politics that go on there, the city is full of amazing architecture and history.

One thing that I was very anxious to see was the Lincoln Memorial.

The memorial was built between 1914-1922 where it sits on the west end of the National Mall. It is a beautiful structure that echoes the great Greek temples of ancient times. The pillars are magnificent, but one of the interesting things about it that I never realized it until visiting was the names of the states inscribed on the monument. There are 36 of them around the memorial representing the states that were in the Union upon Lincoln’s death and the date that they joined the Union.

Inside the memorial you see the magnificent statue of Lincoln sitting down. The statue is a famous one having been seen in many different movies, magazines, and images. But did you know to the left of the statue etched in the wall is the Gettysburg Address? Perhaps Lincoln’s most famous speech, the address goes from ceiling to floor and is quite the site.

The memorial is one of the most popular spots in D.C. and thus it is almost always busy. It makes for great people watching which is what I did one evening after walking many miles around the city. I watched group after group reach the memorial and you could see the awesomeness of the monument in their faces. But on the other hand it attracts others as well. While I sat and enjoyed some much needed water there were two young boys riding bicycles and doing wheelies. They were weaving in and out of the crowds narrowly missing people, until they didn’t. One of the reckless boys took down two people after they walked in front of him as he raced across the front of the memorial. He ran into one girl and then fell and knocked over another man walking. Luckily neither was hurt badly, and the boy took off not returning.

With the crowds it can be difficult to get good clean photos without many people. I tried to get some photos of it at night, but with so many people they came out with too many ghost images.

 

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Etsy Travel Photography & New Blog Direction

Etsy Travel Photography

I have decided to take this blog into a new direction and will be turning this into an Etsy travel photography blog. I plan on sharing my travel experiences and hopefully selling a print or two on Etsy to help fund future travels.

I have some stories in the works already from my recent trip t

o Washington D.C. I will be showcasing some of the photos that I took and some of the places that I went. D.C. is an amazing city with so much to do and see and I hope to share a little of that with you in the coming days.

In addition to changing directions with the blog, I have also set up an Etsy store. I hope there I can share some of the my prints with you at a decent price. You can check it out by clicking the link below. I will not be here to simply pimp my photos, but will mention it from time to time. The money made will go toward funding future travels and equipment.

I already have my next trip planned which will be mentioned in a future blog post coming probably early next week. I am also in the process of planning a huge trip for next summer. I know what you are thinking. It is a year away, but I have found some good prices on flights and some other things to help me out, like rewards points. So I will be talking about all of that as soon as I get my plans more set in stone.

I also hope to bring some background to some of the places I visit. I am a history teacher and while I hope not to beat you over the head with the history of places, I do hope to bring a little extra insight on some of the places I visited to add to the story.

I am open to suggestions and feedback at any time. Feel free to contact me and let me know what you think.

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