Spring temperatures finally arrived in NoVA over the past few days, and the foliage appeared almost overnight. This shot is taken from my back deck, and there are town homes just a couple hundred yards through the trees that have now been completely blocked from view. I love Spring time!
I’m still playing around with my images from Friday’s Cherry Blossom excursion. I was too lazy this year to get out there early in the morning before the crowds got there, so I had to be patient and find compositions that either eliminated the crowds of people, or minimized the distraction from the main element of the photo.
There is always some sort of construction occurring somewhere on the mall. For the longest time, they have been working around the WWII Memorial, and now thanks to the 2011 earthquake, the Washington Monument is covered in scaffolding. I attempted several images with varying success. This image is a 7-image HDR processed with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2 initially. You can see that image here, along with other images from the day. I wasn’t thrilled with it, not sure why.
I was down on the National Mall yesterday, attempting a few photos of the Cherry Blossoms. The Jefferson Memorial is my favorite of all the memorials. The inscriptions inside are timeless, and we should all read them from time to time, particularly our elected leaders. Panel four speaks specifically to “change”.
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
The last couple of weeks have been very hectic. My son JP is a high school senior and we were off to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for spring break and a baseball tournament. I left a little early and circled through northeast Alabama to visit my parents and drop off a vehicle for my daughter, who is a senior at Auburn University. Here are a few iPhone pics I captured along the way.