This weekend there was no moon so I thought it might be a good weekend to make a first attempt at some long star trails. That effort was a wash despite good weather (it is harder than it sounds!), but as Adrian and I headed to a spot we thought we would work for that purpose, we discovered this beautiful scene entirely by accident. As we arrived, I quickly set up my gear while Adrian occupied herself reading.
I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to the Marine Corp Memorial. It is a simple monument, set in a a location that is less than ideal from a photography stand point, being surrounded by apartments and office buildings. Never the less, it always moves me.
Adrian and I headed to the Marine Corp Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) to catch the D.C. fireworks. We assumed it would be busy so we headed out early, around 17:00 and arrived after a short metro ride and walk around 17:30. The place was already hopping with a forest of tripods along the top of the hill. There were still plenty of good places though and we grabbed one and settled in for a long wait until the fireworks would start at 21:00 or 22:00. With an occational breeze, it was not to unpleasant. A very helpful national park service and police force did an excellent job, walking around and making sure everyone was drinking water, and even providing a misting tint and free ice water to everyone and anyone. Finally the show started.
After all was said and done the roads and metro were in grid lock so we decided to walk back to Clarendon, where we had parked. It was a couple of miles, but we made better time than the cars on the road and I’m not joking.