A Walk Around Washington DC (part 2)

Picking up from where I left off last time, I was at the far eastern side of the US Capitol. From there I walked directly across the street to the Supreme Court. The sun was getting high, so the colors started to blot out a bit. I walked under the canopy to grab some shots from the inside so I could point the camera away from the sun.

The view of the Capitol from the steps of the Supreme Court

The view of the Capitol from the steps of the Supreme Court See this image in full size

There are statues on each side. This one is a female figure - The Contemplation of Justice.

Statue overlooking the steps of The Supreme Court

Statue overlooking the steps of The Supreme Court See this image in full size

The other one is a male - The Guardian of Law

Another statue overlooking the steps of The Supreme Court

Another statue overlooking the steps of The Supreme Court See this image in full size

Walking away from the Supreme Court you’ll find a quaint little neighborhood of commercial offices (and maybe some residential dwellings, but I couldn’t be sure). There is one area covered in little stones with sayings on them:

Placard along a commercial street

Placard along a commercial street See this image in full size

Going further North led me to Union Station, with all of its beautiful arches.

Arches outside Union Station

Arches outside Union Station See this image in full size

Arches outside Union Station

Arches outside Union Station See this image in full size

Arches outside Union Station

Arches outside Union Station See this image in full size

Inside I found the Great Hall, which I’d somehow not seen before. It was an impressive site! Its magnitude reminded me of Grand Central Station in New York. So much hubbub! Off to the side of the Great Hall is the shopping area, which you see here:

The shops at Union Station

The shops at Union Station See this image in full size

The designer of the Great Hall was no slouch - lots of detail can be found on the inside as well.

Statues adorn the interior of Union Station

Statues adorn the interior of Union Station See this image in full size

Okay, one more of those awesome archways:

Arches outside Union Station

Arches outside Union Station See this image in full size

Sculpture across from the US Botanic Garden

Sculpture across from the US Botanic Garden See this image in full size

There is somewhat of a story around the following two pictures, which is specifically why I include them here. I was on the sidewalk taking a picture of these when I heard a shout from inside the parking garage to which they belonged. Two security guards came out and grilled me about why I was taking pictures. After explaining that I…

  • Was taking the pictures from a public place, thus doing nothing unlawful
  • Was not going to show them the pictures I took
  • Generally knew my rights

…I bid them a good day and walked away. As I left I heard one of them mutter “scared as shit.” Funny how hired security guards (i.e. not real police officers) like to make themselves feel important. Unfortunately for them I have read up on my rights as a photographer in public places. On that note, you should too - check this site for some good guidelines.

Parking signal suspended on a cable

Parking signal suspended on a cable See this image in full size

Parking signal suspended on a cable

Parking signal suspended on a cable See this image in full size

A cluster of cordon-stands outside The Library of Congress

A cluster of cordon-stands outside The Library of Congress See this image in full size

I really wanted to see the main hall of the Library of Congress, but it is closed on Sundays (which I didn’t know at the time). Instead I just wandered around the building to see what there was to see. Right out front is a very detailed sculpture of what must be Neptune:

Neptune in front of The Library of Congress

Neptune in front of The Library of Congress See this image in full size

Moving further along I saw this sculpture, which looked oddly out of proportion. It looked like Hulk trying to take home a horse for dinner!

Statue on Pennsylvania Avenue

Statue on Pennsylvania Avenue See this image in full size

This is the US Navy Memorial. I like the way it is situated - you walk around a circular area of concrete that is colored like a map of the world. There are plaques around the outside and this guy near one end:

US Navy Memorial

US Navy Memorial See this image in full size

See this image in full size

One of the last stops on my huge hike was the Albert Einstein Memorial. It’s pretty far away from the Metro, but it was worth the walk. First of all he’s huge - much bigger than I thought from the pictures I’d seen on Flickr. Second of all the sculpture itself breaks the mold in that he’s not upright and stately, but rather relaxed and inviting. Bravo!

Albert Einstein Memorial

Albert Einstein Memorial See this image in full size

Albert Einstein Memorial detail

Albert Einstein Memorial detail See this image in full size

Albert Einstein Memorial detail

Albert Einstein Memorial detail See this image in full size

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