Alice’s Fall Collection

Washington Monument and reflecting pool

Washington Monument and reflecting pool /photo: Alice V. McKenna

One reason I love the Washington, DC area is that you see amazing things while you’re out and about in your car or just walking around. Sometimes something is just so special and I slow down from my schedule to just enjoy it.

In early September 2012, I took some out-of-town guests down to the Mall. I snapped the photo above on my new Android smartphone.

We also visited the National Building Museum/old Pension Building. Above the front door, I noticed they were cleaning some of the exterior frieze on the side of the building. Below is one that depicts Navy seamen in the Civil War:

National Building Museum: relief above front door

National Building Museum/old Pension Building: frieze above front door / photo: Alice V. McKenna

Here’s the ceiling of the courtyard the National Portrait Gallery. This space is often used for big events. Some Washingtonians will recognize this ceiling from a Presidential Inaugural Ball.

National Portrait Gallery courtyard ceiling

National Portrait Gallery courtyard ceiling. Photo: AVM

Even if you missed the Cherry Blossoms in the spring, the Tidal Basin is lovely dressed autumn leaves.

Jefferson Memorial framed by autumn leaves

Jefferson Memorial framed by autumn leaves. Photo: AVM

Finally, here’s a fall sunset on the Potomac River.

Fall sunset on the Potomac River

Fall sunset on the Potomac River. Photo: AVM

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