The dog park is a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Dogs are meant to be active, but pet dogs may have limited options for physical and mental activity. They can spend most of their time alone at home, where it’s easy to be bored, lonely and overweight. Sometimes a dog park can be good for pets and their human “parents.” This post shows some pictures of dogs having positive experiences at a dog park.
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre is the inventor of the photographic process known as daguerreotypy. Daguerreotypes made using his process were most commonly used in 1839-1860. (Fun fact: The first genuine image of Abraham Lincoln was a daguerreotype taken in 1846.)
As we were walking outside the National Portrait Gallery, on the sidewalk of 7th St N.W. in Washington, D.C., we spotted the Daguerre Monument in memory of Louis Daguerre.
A bust of Daguerre sits on a granite base, in front of a huge world globe. A garland is draped over the world and Daguerre. A statue of a woman (“Fame”) stands before him.
There are three inscriptions on the memorial:
TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST HALF-CENTURY IN PHOTOGRAPHY 1839-1889. ERECTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, AUGUST, 1890
PHOTOGRAPHY, THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, AND THE STEAM ENGINE ARE THE THREE GREAT DISCOVERIES OF THE AGE. NO FIVE CENTURIES IN HUMAN PROGRESS CAN SHOW SUCH STRIDES AS THESE.
The monument, being on the lawn of the National Portrait Gallery, is enclosed by the same fence that surrounds the Gallery.
The regular rhythm and rigidity of the fence is softened by the newly emerging leaves of the trees in the landscape.
Today we needed to travel into the District (for non-locals, that’s Washington, D.C.) and it was raining. Hard. Although we had already decided to take the Metro (subway) for much of the trip, traffic was almost at a standstill for most of the drive to the Pentagon City Metro station we chose to use as our launch point. We knew that, once we were on the Metro, our trip would go quickly
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), commonly called Metro or Metrorail, serves Washington, D.C. as well as metropolitan Northern Virginia and Maryland areas.
We thought of Cee’s current challenge: “roads where you can travel fast on.” While the Metro does not meet the criterion “should be easy for both cars and trucks to drive on,” it certainly meets “travel fast” and “multi-lane.” (The Blue Line and the Yellow Line are the lines (“lanes”) going through this station.)
We had cameras with us and decided to try to capture the “expressway” essence of the Metro. The photo below is of a Blue Line train arriving at the Pentagon City Metro station, headed into the District. Specs are:
Canon 50D, ISO 100, 0.6 sec, f/4, 17 mm
The streaks of light indicate how far the train traveled in 0.6 seconds, while slowing down to stop. It is no exaggeration to say that we did not travel as fast by car in driving to the station.
The Fontaine Saint-Michel is located in Place Saint-Michel, placed against the back wall. It is the visitor’s first sight upon stepping from the Paris Métro station at the Saint-Michel stop on line 4.
The central figure in the fountain is the Archangel Michael wrestling with the Devil. Standing on four pillars towering above Michael are statues representing the cardinal virtues: prudence, power, justice, and temperance.
Below is a close-up of Michael and the Devil.
Beneath Michael, the water of the fountain spills into a basin at street level, with a winged dragon on each side.
Below is a photo of young people completing a challenge by posing in the frigid waters of Fontaine Saint-Michel.
Once photos were taken by their companions as proof of their act, the shivering group dried off, dressed again in warm clothing, and disappeared from the square. The watching bystanders shook their heads in disbelief but took photos, happy to be protected from the flying spray by their warm coats.
In this post, we share photos we have taken of La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg (Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Gardens) in Paris, France.
The photo below was taken from the foot of the long basin of water, with the eyes drawn along the line of plane trees, toward the grotto at the end.
The major sculpture in the grotto is the grouping called Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea, by the sculptor Auguste Ottin. According to mythology, Polyphemus was a Sicilian giant in love with the sea nymph Galatea, who was the beloved of the river god Acis. When Polyphemus crushed Acis with a boulder, the gushing blood of Acis was transformed by the gods into the river Acis at the foot of mount Aetna.
The following three photos show a close-up of Polyphemus, a detail photo of his head, and a closer look at the lovers Acis and Galatea. Notice the pipes in Acis’ hand: Faunus (Pan) was his father.
On each side of the top of the fountain is a nymph pouring water from a pitcher.
Directly beneath this nymph is a huntress, standing in a niche and leaning out to peer across to a faun in a niche on the other side (not pictured here).
The long basin of water, the steps leading to the grotto, and the pool at the foot of the grotto are all favorite spots for colorful birds to play.
The Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Gardens is one of our favorite places in Paris.
This post features a series of photos of the fountain at Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Short exposure times were used to freeze motion. The photos were taken on a sunny day in October, 2015.
The photo above is an establishing shot of one of the fountains in the Place des Vosges. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/200 sec, f/8, 50 mm
This photo shows a closer view of the upper half of the fountain, with a curtain of water spilling over the edge. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/8, 135 mm
This close-up shows lion heads on the lower half of the fountain. Camera settings are:
Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 75 mm
This photo shows silvery water spilling over the rim of the upper half of the fountain, against a backdrop of white clouds in a blue sky. The fast shutter speed captures droplets of water. Camera settings are: