354/365 -Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorites

For the last Photo Challenge of 2017, Ben Huberman asks us to share one or more favorites. Mine will be a gallery of photos from my wonderful trips this year to: Milan (IT) Barcelona (SP), Aix-en-Provence and Nice (FR), San Francisco (US), Fortaleza (BZ), and Washington, D.C. (US).

Thursday Doors – November 2,2017

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly known as Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The structure is of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century. It is both the second-largest church building in the United States, and the fourth-tallest structure in Washington, D.C.

In 2011 the Cathedral was damaged by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. “Atop the two towers on the Cathedral’s western façade, slender pinnacles rattled and rolled and hand-carved angels wiggled out of place. A 350-pound finial fell 20 stories off the northwest tower and embedded itself into the ground outside the main visitor’s entrance. It was stolen the night of the quake.” Six years later, they continue to make repairs, as funding becomes available. I was still living in the D.C. area when that unusual earthquake happened. It was quite a scare. Ironically, even though I’ve been living in earthquake territory (California) for the past six years, that D.C. earthquake is still the strongest I’ve experienced in my life. I hope that doesn’t change…     

285/365 – The Watergate

For October 14, 2017. We are spending a week in Washington, D.C., where we lived until 2011, before moving to Los Angeles. We decided to stay at The Watergate Hotel, on the water front. The hotel is part of the Watergate Complex, famous (or infamous) for the political scandals that led to Richard Nixon’s impeachment and resignation. Nixon resigned before the Senate could confirm his impeachment, already approved by the House of Representatives.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent

The cherry blossoms are perhaps the most anticipated event in Washington D.C. It’s hard to know with precision when they’ll bloom and how long they’ll last. Strong winds, rain, and other weather conditions can make them disappear very quickly. The entire blooming period can last up to 14 days, including the days leading up to peak bloom, but it can also come and go very quickly, that’s why I call it Evanescent.