Advance planning

September 28, 2006

It’s not even October, but some people have had Halloween decorations outside their houses for over a week now.


September 22, 2006

I deliberately shot this gateway, which is in the Georgetown area of the District of Columbia, in spring before the wisteria came into leaf or flower because this way you see the lantern. Once the wisteria starts growing, the lantern is hidden.

We, the People

August 30, 2006

The National Archives building on Constitution Avenue is where you can see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Many other vauable records are available there for study by anyone interested in genealogy and history.

Colossal Head 4

August 29, 2006

This is a replica of a 6-ton basalt portrait of a ruler from the Olmec culture of 1200 – 900 B.C.E. The original (one of 17 known) was excavated in 1946 by Smithsonian archaeologist Matthew Stirling and is on display in the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The Olmec created these sculptures without iron tools.

This replica, which stands outside the Museum of Natural History on Constitution Avenue, was carved from welded volcanic ash by Ignacio Pérez Solano and presented to the Smithsonian Institution by the state of Veracruz in 2001.

Housing development for the birds

August 26, 2006

These birdhouses are just a few of the ones placed in the Enid A. Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Castle.

Another piece of history

August 25, 2006

Not nearly as old as triceratops horridus, but equally prehistoric to young people today—a typewriter eraser. Remember them? This one was sculpted in painted stainless steel and fiberglass in 1999 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and it stands in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art.

There’s a dinosaur on the Mall

August 24, 2006

Triceratops horridus roamed northwestern North America 65-70 million years ago when the climate was warmer and wetter. This sculpture was cast, using 3-D modeling based on computer scans, from the original skull of a triceratops in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Hall. Fierce as he looks, he was a herbivore.