Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CameraShy Week 18 - "Down"

I was lucky enough to head "down" to Washington D.C. for a quick trip.  Amazingly, the weather was gorgeous.  My only companion for sightseeing was my reliable friend....my camera.  I brought one lens....my new 50mm....so that I could practice and learn.  What a perfect place for lessons.

For those of you who have been to this beautiful city, you know how much there is to see.  I walked and walked and walked....but I am always drawn to the National Mall and the many war memorials.  Too many wars commemorated by stunning, emotional memorials. 

"Reflections"
Vietnam War Memorial
 
My Memory Art
 
"Down"
Vietnam Women's Memorial
 
I was alone at this memorial so it was the first time I got to spend time thoroughly experiencing this sculpture.  It's so moving...the peace on the nurse's face...the strength given by her comrades by a simple hand on her arm....the compassion in their eyes. 
 
(Of my 300+ photos, I chose this one for "down" for so many reasons.  The nurse looking down into the soldier's face.  Strength coming down from another woman. The angle of this photo, shot while down on my knees.)
 
As my day ended and I strolled back through the many memorials, the sun started to set. I turned at the base of the Washington Memorial and was blessed with a gorgeous sunset.  This was the perfect end to a perfect day of appreciating all that I have...because of those brave men and women who fought for my freedom.
 
"Sweet Land of Liberty"
 

22 comments:

  1. Love, love, love that last one!

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    1. Thanks Brandi! It was breathtaking and the photo doesn't do it justice.

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  2. Very moving, love your take on the memorial especially the part about the nurse's peaceful face. Extremely well done.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! It was so moving.

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  3. Magnificent post and lovely BW photo for BWW ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  4. A great b&w contribution!
    Love it!
    My B&W Blog: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/
    or: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/2014/

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  5. All three stunning pictures Karen...that 50mm is going to make you very very happy :) It's my go to lens for almost everything except wildlife & birds. Love how you chose to interpret the theme...unique and very touching.

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  6. Oh, Karen, these are marvelous. I used to live in DC and you captured some of my favorite spots!

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    1. On my last trip, my favorite was the WWII Memorial. This visit, it was the Korean War Memorial. However, I love the Vietnam War Memorial because all of the visitors really seem to slow down and just take it all in.

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  7. Beautiful images Karen. In 'Reflections' the visitor seems to be making a subtle connect with the martyrs by touching their names..

    In 'down', it's such a beautiful sculpture and I love how you have framed it. Lovely diagonal line in your frame and nice contrast in the image.

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  8. I should spend more time there. Brave you going alone. Love that last image. A stunner.

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    1. You'd love it! I've heard it's an easy trip via Amtrak, but I tagged along with the hubby who was stuck in meetings the entire time. Worked for me though because he would have slowed me down :). The city is very easy to navigate on its Metro.

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  10. So beautiful Karen. Love the shot of the statue.

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  12. DC is a wonderful city and I love the shot of the nurse and fallen soldier statue.

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  13. Good reflection shot but my favorite is your on down shot.

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  14. Such wonderful words to share with your great photos.

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  15. These are wonderful - each tells its own story. The tenderness of your first shot really touched me. The double meaning of reflecion, the fact the the reflections are like spirits, and the tender touch of the visitor reaching out for someone she's lost. So beautiful! Thanks so much for likning up!

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  16. Great B&W shot, it has captured emotion.Just lovely! Ritva

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