Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #82: Capital

For this week, our guest host Viveka asks us to join her to explore this special theme: “Capital”.

I have chosen Washington DC, U.S. Capital, for this challenge. Last spring, we made a trip to DC for the Cherry Bloom Festival. The weather was perfect for the festival, we were able to take time to re-visited the National Mall, museums, the Library of Congress, the Arlington National Cemetery. For this theme, I select a few photos of the U.S. Capital, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

The U.S. Capital is crowned by a magnificent dome. The architectural design of the dome was selected by President George Washington in 1793 and construction began shortly thereafter. We joined the guide-led tour, which was informative and educational.

The dome is not stone, but rather cast iron carefully painted to appear to be made of the same stone as the main capitol building. It is actually two domes, one inside the other, and the total weight is 9.1 million pounds (4,100 t).

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial (below), which stands as a symbol of liberty, was designed as a smaller version of the Roman Pantheon.

A 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln sits overlooking the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
― Abraham Lincoln

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is based on a line from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered from the nearby steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

—”I Have A Dream” speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Viveka (My Gulity Pleausres), our guest host for this week, shares the food, culture, music, art, history and people of beautiful capital cities she has traveled. We look forward to seeing your interpretation. If you join us, please make a link to Viveka’s site and tag your post.

For the rest of February, we’ll return to our usual weekly Lens-Artists Photo Challenge schedule:

 

74 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #82: Capital

  1. Wonderful captures, Amy. I haven’t made it up to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival but we have some in our city so I know they are a gorgeous sight to behold. I love all the memorials. Of the ones you’ve shared, I’ve only seen the Lincoln Memorial. Unfortunately, our visit was at the height of summer with the temps registering over 100 so the kids could handle only so much walking.

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  2. I love your choices for this challenge. Coincidentally I chose the same capital 🙂 It is a fascinating place to visit. There are always so many interesting things to do and see. Your photos definitely showcase some of the most inspiring locations. The monuments are amazing.

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  3. Really enjoyed this vicarious visit to Wash. D.C., Amy, great photos and narrative. I found the design of the Capitol Dome especially interesting, and was glad to see the MLK Memorial as that is one that was built since I last visited.

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