Nov 21, 2008

My DC - Week 39

I took the day off on Wednesday to do errands. Most of them were pretty mundane but we finished the day at a meeting in a place with a spectacular view of DC. Today I'll share pictures from a vantage point that most people don't get to experience.

If you look straight down you can see the Marine Corps War Memorial (better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) which is actually in Arlington but I'll include it anyway.

Also on the Virginia side of the river is the Air Force Memorial. It's supposed to represent the "bomb burst" maneuver and evoke the feeling of flight. I can feel it. Can you?

AI also took a series of distance shots to give you all a sense of the city as a whole. I started by looking off to the right towards the Pentagon (technically in VA - sue me). The little white dots in the forground are grave stones in Arlington National Cemetary.

Shifting to the left and into DC proper you can see the Jefferson perched on the edge of the tidal basin. The 14th Street Bridge is in the top right of the picture and at the bottom left is the Memorial Bridge.

This one really needs no explanation. Isn't it cool how the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol line up so perfectly? To the right of the Lincoln you see the Memorial Bridge again.

Moving to the left yet again you can see the Key Bridge. On the left is the bright white marble of the Kennedy Center.

In this last picture in the series you can see the Kennedy Center again and to it's left is the infamous Watergate.

One thing that you may notice looking at these pictures isthe flatness of the city. It really has no skyline. This is due to the Heights of Buildings Act of 1899 (amended in 1910) which says in part that no building in DC can be higher than the Capitol.
Have a great weekend!


Cursing Mama said...

I love your weekly photos! It is almost like I get to take a little vacation myself.

Carole Knits said...

You really captured the panorama that is DC. It brought back great memories for me.

Krista said...

Great photos! I've never seen the city from that view before. Like Carole said, it brings back some memories for me too!