Tag Archives: Photo by Rick Snider

Simon Bolivar – ‘The George Washington of South America’

                                            I often wonder why other countries send statues of their heroes to our city. I mean, what do … Continue reading

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El Maiz is not corny

Sometimes sculptures are like a detective story. Thanks to the fine folks at the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America located on the 18th St. side of the Organization of American States, and a Yahoo translator, I finally figured … Continue reading

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Footsteps on the moon at National Cathedral

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Mountain and Clouds will blow your mind

My first thought when entering the lobby of the Senate Hart Office Building – was it this big piece of junk? A few minutes later when viewing it from the seventh of nine floors, my second thought – Oh, I … Continue reading

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The Polish general in Lafayette Square

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko was an American hero in so many ways. The Polish-born general of the Revolutionary War is one of four foreign-born general in the park largely for winning the battle of Saratoga, N.Y. The statue reflects Kosiuszko fighting … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Bill Shoemaker

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The woman behind the man – Queen Isabella

We always know Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred and 92. But, we rarely talk about the woman who funded the trip to the new world – Queen Isabella. The Spanish monarch is in front of the Organization … Continue reading

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Balinese Demons on Embassy Row

As regular readers know, I’m an average photographer. And sometimes it’s hard to get a good shot, especially when the gates are locked at an Embassy Row showstopper. Hence this photo. But here’s one of two Balinese Demons who guard … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

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Monumental Thoughts turns 9

Happy birthday to us once more. Nine years of blogging about the daily sights, sounds and scenes of Washington from a tour guide’s perspective. I haven’t walked 1,000 tours yet, but it’s getting close. I can tell by my poor … Continue reading

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St. Ignatius Church in Southern Maryland

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Jefferson in gingerbread

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Merry Christmas in Washington

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State trees by the White House

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Christmastime in Washington

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Northern lights in Washington?

Ever wanted to see the Northern lights or make trees sway? Artechouse offers both at its grand art space just steps from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. “Aurora: The Spirit of Northern Lights” is currently shown at Artechouse. The interactive show … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon back to original color

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Patience is key to better photos

Everyone is a photographer nowadays with iPhones. And, the phones take great photos like the one above. This was with the new iPhone 11 that is a real game-changer with 12-pixel quality. But, one advantage I learned as a young … Continue reading

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Yogi Berra at American Portrait Gallery

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Photographing the National Cathedral

You can’t take a bad photo in the National Cathedral. Oh, you can always take an average one, but the Cathedral is one of my favorite places in town and begs to be photographed. Forget the outside unless you have … Continue reading

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