Monday, January 9, 2012

DC Monuments Under the Full Moon

FDR Memorial
I recently joined the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.  I had been following their events on for a while and finally decided to attend their 4 mile Monuments in the Moonlight social hike.  They organize their hikes into groups by pace.  I was having trouble deciding which pace I should do, moderate or social?

As I was standing there at the meeting spot in the crowd of 90 people, I still wasn't sure which group I wanted to be in.  But the leader pointed out an area for the photography group to stand.  I walked straight to that point in the grass with my new Nikon.  I didn't realize there was going to be a photography group on this hike and I was very excited.  I had purchased a digital Nikon before my trip to Europe last month, but I had no idea how to use most of the features.

The lady that was to lead the photography group had an extra tripod that she let me use.  I hadn't taken good pictures with a good camera properly since high school and I was excited to get back into it.  I was very lucky she had an extra tripod, as it is very hard to take good night time pictures without one.

I ended up having a blast!  It was a chilly night with a breeze, but it was clear skies with a bright moon.  A perfect night to walk around the National Mall.  The other members of the group were very helpful and taught me how to use my camera.  Without further ado, here is my attempt to get back into photography:

National Monument, Washington, DC

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Capitol Dome

Photography Group in the Soup Line at FDR Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Stone of Hope - MLK Memorial

Mountain of Despair - MLK Memorial
TJ Memorial

Tidal Basin & the Monument

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Lincoln Memorial


Side Patio of the Lincoln Memorial

Full Moon and the Monument, from Lincoln Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial and the Monument under the full moon

The National Monument

Full Moon and the National Monument

Gifts & Cafe

Lincoln Memorial