I happened to be in Washington DC last week on business. At the last minute I decided to bring my camera with intention capturing DC at night. In a effort to change things up here, I wanted to share these images.
I consider myself lucky that I got out of town before the arrival of thousands of buses carrying inauguration visitors and the crush of millions of people for the events this week. I understand the desire for people to be there this week, I for one, will be happy to watch from my television.
On Wednesday night I decided to jump on the Metro train and check out the preparations going on at the National Mall. Armed with my camera I started at the US Capital building. You can see the flags and stage behind the statue of US Grant. I could not get within 200 yards of the building itself. There was already a sea of seats and different fenced off areas for special ticket holders.
I then started walking towards the Washington Monument. The number of chem-cans and crowd control structures was astonishing to me. I guess with the expected number of people to exceed 1.5 million, they need to have a place for them to go to the bathroom and control where they can go. Beyond the Washington Monument, on the edge of the reflecting pool is the new World War II Memorial. This plaza and fountain structure was opened in 2004 and has become one of my favorite places to visit during my frequent trips to Washington DC.
I continued my walk along the reflecting pool towards the Lincoln Memorial. The Memorial site was buzzing with late night construction crews erecting the stage for the pre-inauguration concert yesterday featuring Bruce Springsteen and U2. It took a little navigation expertise to work around the stage structure, but I was able to get up the stairs to get this shot of the huge Abraham Lincoln mable statue. I have been coming to this memorial for 30+ years and it gives me goose bumps each and every time. It is a very special place.
Regardless of your politics, tomorrow we will witness one of the most important aspects of our American democracy. Outside of the historical impact of this day -- the peaceful transition of power is a wonderful and astonishing event. The excitment that has overtaken Washington is breathtaking.