Abe in the Morning by Cora Wandel

Abraham Lincoln has the best view of a sunrise in Washington, D.C. as he sits at the western end of the National Mall directly opposite the United States Capitol to the east. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial is a popular place for people to gather to watch the sun rise from behind the Capitol. As I was watching the sun rise one morning, I turned around to catch the light of the rising sun slowly moving through the interior space of the Lincoln Memorial, and I was fascinated by the image of Abe as it was about to be engulfed by the orange light of the early morning sun.

Thank you to the groups “American Patriot” and “Canon DSLR” for featuring this photograph.

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 800; SS: 1/125; AV: 5.6; Lens: 17-85mm)

The Lincoln Memorial has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966.


  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Hi Cora..
    What an excellent shot
    Spot on
    all ok ??

  • Hi John, life is tough and I am not nearly as active at RB as I once was, but hopefully that will change by the end of the year. Thank you my good friend for asking about me. (-:

    – Cora Wandel

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinover 4 years ago

    Cora, as always my friend, this is a stunning shot! I was never up early enough during my 2 weeks in D.C. to realize the sunrise, much less capture it…. so I thank you so much for sharing this amazing image! Hope all is well ;o)

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Cora Wandel

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Really like this one – excellent work.

  • Thank you!

    – Cora Wandel

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 4 years ago

    what a terrific slice of light and color on this famous monument. well done

  • Thank you Phil!

    – Cora Wandel

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    this is awesome Cora, to bad we didn’t see the sun that morning when we went, now I see what you mean

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Cora Wandel

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    A rather Symbolic image. Lincoln bought light to a troubled country but never saw it himself.

  • Thank you Andrew!

    – Cora Wandel

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

  • Kathy, thank you for the feature!

    – Cora Wandel

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is FANTASTIC !!! I was in DC in September and just loved it there, we are hoping to visit in the Spring, regards Ann

  • Thank you Ann!

    – Cora Wandel

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you Matt!

    – Cora Wandel

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful image Cora. His eyes are intriguing :)

  • Thank you Rosemary!

    – Cora Wandel

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