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July 12, 2011

My apologies for being absent for a few weeks — it’s been a bit since my last post. But I’m trying to get back on track to my 2-posts-a-week schedule. So let’s dive back in:

Today’s post features the National Capitol Columns at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. These columns were originally on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol building, placed there in 1828. Then they were removed in 1958 when the East Portico was extended. Their next trip was in 1984, when they finally reached the meadow in the Arboretum. (History of the columns, as well as more photos, can be found on the Arboretum’s website.) In the middle of the column area, a thin waterway starts, then flows down steps to a reflecting pool.

At first, I thought it was an odd sight, this rectangle of columns in a large meadow, holding up the sky instead of a building. But after walking around them, their oddness shifted to beauty. The columns, with their Corinthian ornamentation at the tops, have a nice contrast to the surrounding green of the Arboretum’s grounds. And, when clouds are photographed behind them, I think the view is mighty fine.

Capitol Columns at the U.S. National Arboretum
Capitol Columns at the U.S. National Arboretum
Capitol Columns at the U.S. National Arboretum

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 4:00 pm

    very dramatic shots! nice in B/W.

  2. July 12, 2011 6:28 pm

    One of my favorite spots in town.

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