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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Capital Visit with Friends

Our weekend trip was a capital one, not just because Washington, DC was our destination, but because we visited with special friends (not Michelle and Barack).

Our Saturday excursion was to the National Gallery of Art to see a photo exhibit of 160 B&W photographs. All taken by Garry Winogrand, a renowned photographer of New York City and American life from the 1950's through the early 1980's. 

Primarily a street photographer, Winogrand
was known for his portrayal of American life. He preferred shooting film to editing pictures or producing books and exhibitions. When he died in 1984 at age 56, he left 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed, but not proofed exposures, and nearly 300,000 unedited images. Many of his photographs depict the social issues of his time. Winogrand never published or exhibited approximately one-third of the photographs in this exhibit; most were printed posthumously. 

In addition to viewing the photo exhibit, we explored the National Gallery for awhile. Here's some before shots of a few things seen there.


And, the same views after some filter fun in Picasa.


We were hoping to see the famed Washington cherry blossoms in bloom, but our hopes went unfulfilled. While there trees budding near the Jefferson Memorial, full flowering is late this year because of the prolonged winter weather that also hit DC. We did see there flowering blooms in downtown DC — tulip magnolia and a cherry tree


There were some architectural views downtown as well during our walk around.

Thanks, Linda and John for your hospitality; we had a wonderful weekend visit. 
"Old" friends (not referring to age, thank you) are the most special people. Even though we don't see one another often, time has a way of having "stood still" whenever we get together. We can always pick up where we left off, irregardless of the years gone by.

Is it the same for your special friendships as well?

14 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

fun place to play, and good friends top off all the fun

A Quiet Corner said...

The pix wouldn't load for me here, Dorothy...probably the wifi, but your words painted the picture of your visit with old friends and the display...:)JP

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful post! Love your sense of humor, (i.e., not Michelle & Barack). Love it. We have the same special kind of friendship/relationship with Marty and Elaine. Whenever we get together, we can just pick up right where we left off.

Sandra said...

love the architectural views, awesome and that rail way in the collage is wonderful.. i popped over to see his black and white photos, and i would love to see them in the art show. meeting up with old friends is great, these days with email, FB and cheap phone calls it is easy to keep up.... easier than it used to be.. and you are right jst take up where we left off.

gigihawaii said...

What a lovely visit! I have been to Washington 3 times so far and have enjoyed each visit.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos . Looks and sounds like all had a great time . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Daisy said...

It looks like you had a great visit! Old friends are special treasures.

DeniseinVA said...

Always good to get together with old friends. Time does indeed stand still. Enjoyed the photos of DC, very recognizable to us after visiting the city since when we first lived here as newly weds.

William Kendall said...

Gorgeous, beautiful shots of the city! Wow!

Anvilcloud said...

I understand that Washington is a great place to visit, and this post reinforces that idea.

Debbie said...

we are going tomorrow, i think we are going to catch peak. fingers crossed....i have seen peak and it is gorgeous!!

Emma Springfield said...

I could explore Washington DC forever. I love the National Cathedral and the war memorials. Arlington Cemetery takes my breath every time I see it. All those monuments for as far as you can see. I still have not seen all of the Smithsonians. I could go on and on but you get it.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

Lovely photos...my bucket list includes seeing all the cherry trees in bloom, but the weather does influence that. someday...we'll do that. Nothing like a good visit with friends.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

It would have been fun to visit that exhibition!

I think that even we have come further when it comes to spring.Still no cherry trees flowering around here though but I kinow they do along the coast.

It's always fun to meet old friends :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

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