Souvenir Pictures from July 4

The morning of July 4 I drove to Washington D.C. to see the fireworks.  I arrived around noon and my first stop was the Library of Congress for a walking tour.  I admired the impressive walls, floors and ceilings.

Next I walked to the Botanic Garden for a visit.  The outdoor gardens were in full bloom and there were a number of displays inside.  There was a thunderstorm late in the afternoon and it rained for more than an hour. I started to wonder if the rain would affect the evening’s fireworks, but when I checked the weather map on my phone I saw that after the storm went through there wouldn’t be any more rain.

After the Botanic Garden closed for the day the next stop was the Air and Space Museum.  There were a lot of people walking around and probably waiting for the weather to improve.   Later when the museum closed it was time to look for a place to sit somewhere on the Mall for a good view of the fireworks.  The evening went slowly…7:30…7:45…8:34.  Then suddenly it was dark and the program began!  There was lots of cheering for the impressive display of fireworks.  While it was happening I didn’t want to miss anything but I managed to get this picture.

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When it was over there was applause and cheering, and now I have these souvenir pictures along with my happy memories of July 4.

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Travel theme: Trees

I just got back from a weekend at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I spent most of Saturday at a public garden and did a lot of walking to see the flowers, fountains and sculptures.  It was cloudy and even rained during the afternoon.  This is one of the things you can’t control when you travel!  I had an umbrella and was still able to get lots of pictures.  There were so many impressive trees and I thought I’d share some of the pictures.  One of the guides at the garden explained that many of the trees are over two hundred years old.  They had a lot of character as well as a stately appearance.  I also liked some of the smaller, younger trees because they were fresh and decorative.

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These trees look dramatic in the rain.

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Dreamy

Yesterday I drove to Charlottesville and I wanted to see if the leaves were starting to change colors.  I had checked the weather forecast and saw that it predicted rain for the afternoon.  Yet as I was driving it started to rain in the morning and it was generally gray and misty all day.  But after I realized there wouldn’t be any sunshine I decided it could still be an interesting day.  The scenery was actually more dramatic accompanied by the rain.  I thought that it looked dreamy and it was fun to imagine where this path might lead.  I’m sure it was a path to adventure!

Chrlottesville

I even found a tree that had pretty autumn leaves.

Charlottesville

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

It was a rainy morning in San Gimignano, Italy.  I was taking a leisurely walk admiring the architecture and imagining the past when I saw a red car that was decidedly modern.  It provided quite a contrast to the rest of the scene.

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Upward in Black and White

When I was in Seattle a few months ago it was very rainy and I thought that it would be a good time to take some black and white pictures.  There is so much to see just by looking up.

Seattle

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Scenes from Seattle

When I was in Seattle I thought that Pike Place Market was a good starting point for walking around the city.  While I was there I was able to see a lot of local places within a few blocks.  I had a map that made it simple to get around.  Because it either rained or was overcast during the time I was there I decided to take black and white pictures to show the city in a slightly different way.  Seattle

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Around Seattle

Seattle

I just got back from Seattle.  I was prepared for rainy weather which was good because it rained every day I was there!  I brought an umbrella that managed to catch a gust of wind and turn inside out the first time I used it.  But before looking for another one to replace it I noticed a container of umbrellas in the lobby of my hotel.  After finding out they could be borrowed I used one every day and stayed nice and dry.

Seattle

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A View of San Gimignano

It happened to rain on the day I visited San Gimignano in Tuscany.  Since this is always a possibility on a trip, I came to Italy prepared for any kind of weather.  So I wore a poncho and carried an umbrella.  Since it wasn’t windy, the umbrella didn’t blow inside out!  When I wanted to take a picture I stood under an awning or near a building entrance.  I thought the town looked pretty in the rain and I accepted it as something that happens when you travel. Continue reading

Umbrellas and Ponchos

I don’t think I’ve gone on a trip where it hasn’t rained at least once.  And although I always pack a sturdy umbrella, I don’t carry it with me every day.  And of course when I don’t have it, it inevitably rains.  What to do?

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