Views of the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was built to honor George Washington, first President of the United States.

On August 23, 2011, the Monument was damaged by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake with epicenter about 100 miles southwest in neighboring Virginia, followed within days by Hurricane Irene. Thirty-two months of restoration began in 2012; the Monument was reopened to visitors on May 12, 2014.

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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is surrounded by a large circle of 50 American flags, representing the 50 states, that are flown 24 hours a day.

The following three photos show views of the Washington Monument as seen from the World War II Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, and the southern peristyle of the Lincoln Memorial.

View of Washington Monument from World War II Memorial
View of Washington Monument from the Reflecting Pool
View of Washington Monument from Lincoln Memorial
View of Washington Monument and US Capitol Building from Lincoln Memorial

The following photo was taken straight up from the base of the Monument. This obelisk towers approximately 555 feet above ground, 595 feet above sea level. The Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington, D.C., as well as the tallest stone structure in the world.

Washington Monument

Finally, the following photo shows cherry blossoms beginning to emerge on the grassy knoll from which the Monument rises.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument

These photos were all taken on March 17, 2016.

Scale & Observation

In 2013, we visited Egypt, first touring Cairo before cruising down the Nile River to Aswan, making stops and excursions to observe ancient sites. Today’s Photo 101 theme is to “play with scale … use anything and everything to help convey size in your image.”  Three images from that trip are shown in this post, each using humans to suggest the enormity of objects from that earlier time.


Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt

This photo was taken at Abu Simbel in Nubia, Egypt. This is one of two temples at this site;  it was built for the goddess Hathor and for Nefertari, the favorite wife of Rameses II. Of  the six statues, two are Nefertari and four are Rameses II. These statues are each about 10 meters tall.

Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt

This photo is of the Colossi of Memnon, which are two massive seated stone statues of the Pharoh Amenhotep III, located in the Theban necropolis, west of the Nile River from Luxor. These statues are approximately 3400 years old. Including the stone platforms (about 4 meters high) beneath their feet, they are 18 meters high and stand 15 meters apart.

Unfinished obelisk, Aswan, Egypt

This photo shows (what is believed to be) the largest obelisk ever discovered, located in a stone quarry in Aswan, Egypt. Hatshepsut, one of the most successful Egyptian pharaohs, ordered this obelisk to be made. Fractures appeared in the obelisk as it was being carved from a single rock, and so it was abandoned. Had it been completed, it would have stood 42 meters tall.