In mid July, we took a family trip to Maryland for Roshini’s graduation and we seized the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Washington, D.C. In response to the photo challenge, Narrow, I’ve elected to interpret this challenge by sharing two shots of the Washington Monument. I snapped both photos with my cell phone. Scroll to the end for a photo of the graduate:)
Here are some facts about the monument:
- The Washington Monument is the nation’s foremost memorial to George Washington, the first president of the United States.
- The 555 foot tall obelisk is the tallest building in the District of Columbia and by law, no other building in Washington D.C. is allowed to be taller.
- Inside the Washington Monument are an elevator and a 897-step stairway.
- The outer walls are made of white marble blocks from Maryland and The obelisk is also made of granite, and sandstone.
- The interior walls contain 193 memorial stones installed on its east and west interior walls. The memorial stones start at the 30-foot level and continue to the 450-foot level.
- It is the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk.
Content taken from this website: http://www.american-historama.org/1881-1913-maturation-era/washington-monument.htm
The Proud Graduate!
In April of this year, I stopped to gaze at the compelling beauty of nature’s vivid colors and I decided to take a few photos. In response to this week’s photo challenge, Look Up, I’m sharing two shots of the same tree. As you may notice, I took one photo looking up from under the tree.
Through the lens of my camera, I got a different view of the tree. As with these photos, I have to remind myself to stop and look at situations from different angles, with a fresh set of eyes to gain other perspectives.
As I write this post, I’m reminded of the film, “Dead Poets Society” in which Robin Williams played the role of an English teacher, John Keating. Keating gave his students a valuable lesson on perspective when he stood up on his desk and asked them the reason for him standing there. Keating said, “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”
Thirty years ago, on a warm July 4th, I came to the USA. I am in gratitude for all the experiences and opportunities I’ve had over the past 30 years. I look forward to growing old in this beautiful country, my home, the land of the free, the place where dreams are made possible.
Here is an excerpt from HistoryMiami of my Miami Story that I submitted to the Miami Herald last August. “Miami is my home. I love the cultural, flavorful diversity here. I love it that nobody notices our Guyanese accent! Miami and all those with whom I’ve come in contact have nurtured me into the woman I am today”. Happy July 4th!
Photo credit: Google Images