What’s Unique About This Photo??

10 02 2009

One of my favorite shots is a close up capture of an American flag blowing in the breeze. Can you spot anything unique?

A United States flag blowing in the breeze

A United States flag blowing in the breeze.





A Hero vs. Not a Hero

9 02 2009

The Civil War was a trying time in the history of the United States. One of its key figures, Robert E. Lee, is one that draws many opinions. Some consider him a hero for the leadership he showed to his cause. Others cannot find someone supporting his side of the war worthy of such praise. One thing that cannot be argued is Lee is a large figure in the history of America.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

Robert E. Lee is a figure that I have always enjoyed reading about. Yesterday I was at Arlington National Cemetery which is home to Arlington House. Lee and his family lived at this house for nearly 30 years. Due to the above mentioned debate, Lee’s figure is not glorified at Arlington. It is tastefully discussed, honored, and shared. As I was leaving the cemetery, I came across a sticker that was posted on the back of a sign at the Metro station. I found it a perfect contrast to history as it is presented at Arlington National Cemetery. Inside the gates the property is pristine (as it should be) and there is little room for political opinion. Outside of the gates, the “normal” world exists where people post things wherever they want.

Please feel free to view more photos from my trip to Arlington National Cemetery.





New Photo Gallery: Arlington National Cemetery

8 02 2009
Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

I took advantage of the warm winter weather today and spent a few hours at Arlington National Cemetery. I have been there two previous times, but not with the intent of taking photos. My first trip was on a hot humid summer day, which was probably a poor decision, but not fully regrettable. The other time to Arlington was for a interment of a family member. Finally I took the time to go back with the intent on getting some good photographs.

Looking through a doorway into the amphitheater hallway at Arlington National Cemetery

Looking through a doorway into the amphitheater hallway at Arlington National Cemetery

The sky was blue and big white clouds kept sailing by. I utilized this in a few shots, but I feel that this location really works better in black and white.  My journey today mainly took me to the common “touristy” spots, but that’s good because it lends to photographs that people may recognize.

As someone with an interest in the Civil War, I found the Confederate plot very interesting. The stones are similar to other stones in the cemetery. They list the name, rank, and state of the soldier. The monument at the center of the plot honors these soldiers, not for the cause, but for their “obedience to duty, as they understood it.”

There’s still much more to explore. I’m looking forward to more visits to ANC to  build upon this small gallery. You can see all the gallery by clicking here.