Category Archives: Washington life

Blossoms time at the Tidal Basin

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It’s big bloom around the Tidal Basin

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Cherry blossoms best near FDR

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Here comes big bloom

Friday morning was the last frigid one until next fall and the cherry blossoms have survived. Big bloom should be late Saturday or Sunday. It won’t be the usual eye-popping show with reportedly 50 percent of blooms ruined by recent … Continue reading

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Life in a fishbowl

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Sunset among cherry blossoms

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Cherry blossoms starting to pop, but . . .

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Sunset at the World War II Memorial

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Under the spreading Lincoln oak tree

An old stump is all that’s left of one of the older trees ever around Washington. The Lincoln Oak, named for president Abraham Lincoln meeting under its expansive branches with local military leaders during the Civil War, was destroyed by … Continue reading

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Returning to Great Falls

We take the Potomac River for granted as it passes often passively by Washington. But far north of the city lies Great Falls National Park where the water drops quickly and sometimes deadly. I went there once as a young … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C. flag dates back to English battle

Sometimes you learn things from the craziest places, but one of my favorites is the Sunday comics. Flashbacks by Patrick M. Reynolds explains how traditions, names and general lore so simply anyone can learn. Which brings me to my favorite … Continue reading

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Women’s March on Washington

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Will Trump’s inaugural crowd set a record?

Will Donald Trump’s inaugural crowd be the largest ever for a Republican president? Of 23 past inaugural crowds I could find, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George W. Bush in 1993 were the biggest by a Republican president at 500,000. … Continue reading

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New look for our website

Thanks to Russian hackers (really), we were forced to close our business-side website Capital Photo History Tours.com. I’d insert a joke here, but frankly it wasn’t funny. So everything is now on this website – our tours, photo tips and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: George Washington’s first vault

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Monumental Thoughts turns 6

Year Six of my blog – where does the time go? Another year walking the streets of Washington, telling stories and tall tales to folks from everywhere. Students from across the nation, doctors from Pakistan and India, families on vacation, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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City sidewalks dressed in holiday style

The city is certainly decked for the holidays, but walking along F and 14th Sts. showed several wreaths within a short walking distance. This has long been a commercial area with plenty of shopping so wreaths aren’t unexpected. But, given … Continue reading

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Could Ivanka Trump become First Lady?

Could Ivanka Trump become the First Lady rather than First Daughter? It’s not without historical precedent. The Hill reports that Ivanka will have the East Wing office normally reserved for the First Lady.  Maybe that’s because President-elect Donald Trump’s wife … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: I like candy

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