Monday, March 28, 2011

my american odyssey ~ part 1: washington in springtime

Hi's nice to be home...
But, it was great to be travelling's been a while :)
Sorry for the lack of posts...the iPad failed me in the photo uploading I'm making up for it now!
The posts this week come with a warning: photo overload. With over 700 to choose from I've done my best to cull...but I have to confess it was hard, so I thought I'd break the posts up into bite sized offerings (as opposed to super sized!!)
First stop Washington. A lot like Canberra...except much, much bigger. I only had one day to see the sights and I made the most of it. The weather was stunning...a perfect day spent on the Mall...the spring blossoms were just starting to do their thing...
but I actually found the bare trees quite beautiful as well...
The National Mall...I walked its length...from the Lincoln Memorial at one was spring break...there were a gazillion kids, although this was early in the morning and I think most of them were still in bed!
to the Capitol building at the other...
Did you notice the duck with its bum in the air...thought you'd enjoy that...took me ages to get that shot!
There was a vast array of amazing sculpture...these from the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden...featuring international and national contemporary art...
...this was my favourite...
Of course there were monuments galore on the Mall...some commemorating war, although I prefer to think of them as monuments to peace...I can dream.
...and speaking of dreams...this small stone engraving is embedded at the top of the Lincoln Memorial was easy to miss but I'm so glad I didn't...
standing on the spot where Martin Luther King gave that famous speech sent chills down my spine...
And of course you can't go to Washington without seeing this...
...I was particularly taken with the porch light!
...and the way these guys were getting around...
Next edition: inside some of Washington's galleries and you can imagine...George was everywhere!! 
all images by me


  1. Welcome home! I've loved this tour of Washington, thank you. Can't wait to go there myself. Looking forward to your next post. Rachaelxx

  2. Beautiful photos, Kerry. I never noticed the porch light on the White House!


  3. Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go there myself! One day... :)

    xx Viola

  4. Fabulous photos! Welcome back! I bet there were American flags everywhere.

  5. Welcome back Kerry! Photos look amazing can't wait for all the updates, especially New York xx

  6. Ah wonderful photos. I miss travelling, so I'll take looking at other peoples photos and having a virtual holiday instead.
    I've never been to the US. Did you do any food shots?

  7. Fantastic. Can't wait for the next installment.

  8. Yeah you're back!
    Great images of Washington Kerry, you've captured its essence beautifully, especially when there's so much to see.

    I loved the Smithsonian's when we visited and Arlington cemetry was an eye-opener.

    Can't wait for the rest of your tour,

    Felicity x

  9. Welcome back Kerry, looks like you had a great time. Thanks for the Washington tour! ;-)

  10. Welcome back Kerry! You've been missed, and I'm really looking forward to the photo overload. The blossom trees look so beautiful. Xx

  11. Woo hoo! Just brilliant, Kerry, both to have you back and see these gorgeous images of a place I'd love to visit. Looking forward to the next instalments! J x

  12. Welcome home Kerry, your selection of photos today is fabulous and I am looking forward to seeing more of your holiday snaps! xx

  13. SO great to have you back Kerry. It looks like you have seen some amazing things. I love those sculptures - they look like Henry Moore. Cool.
    And yes, what a lovely porch light!
    I look forward to seeing more xx

  14. welcome home darl. gorgeous shots, that statue one is superb. but nothing quite beats the duck bum in the air.


  15. That is one of the best travel posts I have seen and read. Loved the use of your collages and the ducks bum a highlight. Trust the Americans to come up with those tour contraptions. Plus only a true blogger would notice the porchlight. Very nice. Glad to have you back in blogland Kerry. Deb

  16. Welcome home ! And thank you for letting me dream a bit. Your photos are great and they gives me travelfever :)


  17. But where is Jackie's frock from Bergdorffs at the Smithsonian????

  18. Geez Kerry, I hope you didn't sacrifice too much time @ Tyson's Corner for the sites!! Repeat after me 'Must shop not sightsee, must shop not sightsee.'
    Millie x

  19. I just looked through all your photos - working backwards from NYC and they are fab, amazing, and gorgeous. You look like you had so much fun. I'm a museumaholic as well so I can totally identify with spending loads of time in all the world-class museums and art galleries in Washington and NY.


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