I have many pictures of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from down below but none with an upper view. Hoping for a partly cloudy sunrise, I headed for the bridge this morning when it was still quite dark. I swear my titanium hip was snarling at me as I got out of the car from a parking place just two blocks from the bridge. I had no idea what the walkway was like but had visions of somehow climbing up on a fence that was on the walkway over the bridge at Washington Street. But no, the fence is high and it's mounted on an even higher wall so there was no getting to a bridge view from the street. I headed across the bridge. The high sound wall eventually changes to just a railing and then a bit further out I was rewarded with both traffic access as well as a great view of the Potomac, Alexandria, and DC. Sunrise came...but with no sun...way too many clouds. The total walk was just a bit over two miles, now I'm ready for a nap.
We drove to Lovettsville, VA for a lunch and were very, very happy with the meal. The place is called the Market Table Bistro and uses mostly locally sourced stuff including a lot from the owner's garden. After a super meal we headed to Point of Rocks, MD, for a very quick side trip. Way, way out in the middle of nowhere you would think, and then you run into a parking lots that's jammed with cars...the MARC train stops there for commuters into DC!! The first shot is from the Maryland shore looking toward Virginia and the bridge that connects the two commonwealths. From there we headed back into Virginia and stopped at the Old Lucketts Store, a really "hip" place where you can find an awesome assortment of antiques, home decorating ideas, and tons and tons of STUFF! It's a great place to visit. The last two shots are from Lucketts.
One of my photographs, "Chicago Shoreline" was juried into the April Exhibit at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory. I took the photo on a windy day (surprise) with lots of interesting clouds. I had originally had it as part of my "Near the Water" collection that was to be in the book but this was so different from ocean beaches and sunsets. I'm happy they chose the photo, if you get to Old Town this month, stop in the gallery and take a look!
What a wonderful weekend! And the weather was great, too. At least yesterday the skies were clear, the temperatures mild, and the wind...well, it wasn't South Dakota strength, but there was a light breeze that encouraged thousands to "go fly a kite" on the Mall!! A friend and I went down and walked the Mall and the area around the Washington Monument. Lots of smiles, laughter, and most of all...KITES! Everyone had one, everyone desperately wanted the kites to fly even without a lot of wind, so lots of running and yelling and encouraging and "TRY AGAIN!"
There were some kites that were "professional" but most were store bought. And they flew quite well and got just as many laughs and crashes. It was a good day. The sun was a bit bright and the walk was a bit long...but I had fun!
Our weather is turning warm which was a shock to all of the cold air, ground, and pavement in the area. The good news for me was that usually when this happens, the fog is everywhere with tendrils creeping into trees, buildings, bridges, etc., that you don't normally get to see during "stable weather" times of the year. So...off I went just before sunrise to visit my local lake in hopes of finding a mysterious mist. I was a bit underwhelmed probably because my expectations were too high, sigh. The mist was in the air but not thick and certainly no tendrils or mystery. The ceiling was well over 500 feet and visibility was at least a mile so things just weren't all that foggy. But the moisture in the air was dripping off this dying flower (in the first shot). Looking back over the lake the empty dock and the empty train trestle did match the mood of the high mist. A little further on was the carousel with hand carved horses from the 1930s. Empty, too.
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