Jul 18, 2008

My DC - Week 23

On hot, steamy, summer evenings my DC is alive with the sound of sports leagues playing on many of the grassy areas. Last night, despite the rain, we played softball on the ellipse. There is something very cool about playing in the shadow of the Washington Monument or with the White House over your shoulder. This picture shows the opposing team warming up with the Old Executive Office Building in the background.

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We won and celebrated at a bar near our office. Pitchers of Bud, Blue Moon and Yuengling flowed on the firm's tab while we ate pizza and reveled in the glow of victory. It was a great night.

In the spirit of celebrating leisure pursuits in DC Here are a series of pictures I took at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that were pre-empted last Friday. Many of the pictures I took were in the Bhutan section of the festival. I just loved the opportunity to experience a culture that was so foreign to me. This is a display of pigments that caught my eye with the dazzling array of colors.

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It's to be expected that all things fiber would catch my eye. Here you see different materials that were used for dying in Bhutan and the beautifully colored yarn that they produce.

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Isn't the fabric this woman is weaving gorgeous? Look at the variety of colors!

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I couldn't fight the compulsion to check the wrong side of the textiles to see how it looked. See, nobody's perfect.

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I would love to have stayed to watch this guy carve all day. Watching a shape or figure slowly emerge from a block of wood or other material is endlessly fascinating to me.

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What talent it must take to create such a gorgeous and graceful object!

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We're very worried right now because my father-in-law is in the hospital and it's not going well. Please think good thoughts for us.

7 comments:

Cursing Mama said...

What beautiful craftsmanship you were able to see in action!

*Sending good thoughts your way.

Margene said...

Bhutan has such a rich textile heritage. It's wonderful to see it alive...may it thrive!
Good thoughts of healing are coming your way!

Krista said...

I'll be thinking about you all.

sprite said...

Your FIL will be in our thoughts.

Congratulations on the softball win. I see now where your daughters get their talent.

Carole Knits said...

Jealous of your pitchers of Yuengling! I'm sorry to hear about Bruce's dad and hope he will be fine.

Julie said...

Sending good thoughts for your father-in-law.

Sarah said...

I will be thinking of your family often.