The Washington Monument by Lois  Bryan

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Featured in Grunge It Up June 20, 2011.
Featured in Scenery March 16, 2011.
Featured in Blooming Trees August 13, 2010.

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The Washington Monument, Washington DC., USA, surrounded by cherry blossoms.

The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and sandstone, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches (169.294 m). There are taller monumental columns, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks. It is also the tallest structure in Washington D.C.. It was designed by Robert Mills, an architect of the 1840s. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect’s death. This hiatus in construction happened because of co-option by the Know Nothing party, a lack of funds, and the intervention of the American Civil War. A difference in shading of the marble, visible approximately 150 feet (46 m or 27%) up, shows where construction was halted for a number of years. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world’s tallest structure, a title previously held by the Cologne Cathedral. The monument held this designation until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France. The monument stands due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial.
… thank you Wikipedia

The Washington Monument is a part of the National Park’s Service, US Department of the Interior, a part of The National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Image taken April 2, 2010 with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens, cp filter attached. Shutter speed 1/25, aperture f/20.0, exp 0.00, iso 200. Post work included hdr in Photomatix Pro from a single .jpg duplicated twice in Photoshop to evals of +/-2 then back to Photoshop for curves, levels and textures.

my sincere thanks and appreciation to ghostbones on flickr for the textures used

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  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautalmost 5 years ago

    Another real beauty Lois!

  • Hi Carolyn!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 5 years ago

    A Beauty sweetheART wonderful creativity – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you, Val … I should write the story of how these DC images were taken … “on the run” is seriously what was happening, lol!!! Thank you again!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work Lois, enjoyed the read, and just love the special treatment here…inst fave BTW

  • Hi Larry .. thank you, thank you!!!! These were nice without the textures, but kind of blah and beenthereseenthat … the textures gave them a little bit of a different feel. So glad you liked them!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 5 years ago

    lovely Lois, but what is those 2 dots on the monuments, they like 2 eyes looking on me, kind of cool

  • Hi Luda!!!! the two dots are actually the windows!!!!! I always thought they were kind of creepy looking!!!! haha … glad you enjoyed!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 5 years ago

    Superb Lois, an instant Fav !!

  • Hello, dear Colin!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the colors!

  • Hi Barbara, thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Hi Etienne … thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Lois, so beautiful. Instant FAV. Barb

  • Thanks so much, Barbara!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 5 years ago

    “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and alter their
    constitutions of government.”
    George Washington

    An excellent picture!!!!, Bill

  • another beauty, Bill!!! you are incredible!!! I LOVE it!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    what a lovely story to tell.. gorgeous Lois!

  • Hi Lina, dear!!!! Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

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