This wheelchair-accessible shuttle is being driven on the level surface between flights of stairs leading to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. We believe this is part of the on-demand shuttle service provided by the Capitol Visitor Center Office of Visitor Services for Visitors with Disabilities. Surely it is a close relative of a car or truck.
Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808 – 1879) is one of our favorite artists. When we are in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris or the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, we make sure to visit his caricatures of political figures. On a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art, we focused on the statue of Ratapoil. According to the National Gallery of Art’s webpage Ratapoil,
… the swaying, strutting Ratapoil is Daumier’s brilliant stab at the political ambitions of Louis-Napoleon, who would proclaim himself emperor of France in 1852. … He fashioned Ratapoil (Ratskin) as one of Louis-Napoleon’s agents-provocateurs, a cudgel-carrying bully whose job was to stir up crowds, using bribes and force when necessary, to convince the people to return Louis-Napoleon to power.
Face of Ratapoil
The original statue, only 44.13 cm (17.4 inches) tall, was cast in clay in 1850 – 51, but not cast in bronze until 1891 after Daumier’s death.
These photos were taken on October 4, 2017 with a Canon 100D.
We visited the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC yesterday. It is mostly a photographic and video display. With displays in chronological order, one follows a timeline in which a people — very much like us in the beginning — slip into barbarism and the eventual destruction of their nation.
With the old, mainly black and white, images, it is easy to feel slightly detached from the events depicted. That is, until one reaches the display shown in the following photograph, with some of the 4,000 shoes on display taken from people before they were murdered. This is a tiny fraction of the actual shoes found at the Majdanek concentration and extermination camp just inside Lublin, Poland. (This camp was also used for sorting and storing the property and valuables of victims of other camps.) This camp, which was operated by the Nazi SS from October 1941 until it was liberated in July 1944,, was one of many such camps. The first thing one thinks about is one’s own shoes and how they could easily be included as a very small part of a pile of such immense scale.
The Shoes of Majdanek
This photo was taken on October 11, 2017. Specs are:
A difficult choice is presented to visitors to Washington, DC this summer. The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival presents Circus Arts (29 June – 4 July and 6 – 9 July) on the National Mall adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle. Or visitors may be drawn to tour the the US Capitol building. However, the two attractions are only about a mile apart, as the photo below shows, so visit both.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Circus Arts
This photo was taken on June 25, 2017. Specs are:
Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/14, 1/400 sec, 24 mm
For more about Circus Arts, visit their website at Circus Arts. For more about visiting the US Capitol, see their website at US Capitol Tour.
Today we visited the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. The Hirshorn is undergoing a major renovation of its art exhibits inside and there are slim pickings for anyone expecting to find open rooms with art on the walls, with the possible exception of the amazing Big Man figure that is perhaps too risqué for our followers…
The exhibit shown below is just outside the entrance to the Hirshorn. We wondered if this could be a new enhanced parking enforcement technique – the new parking “boot.”
This photo was taken in Great Falls Park in Virginia, near Washington DC, with its excellent overlooks on The Great Falls of the Potomac River. The young woman seated on the rocks is enjoying a closer view of the churning Potomac River beneath the falls.
This photo was taken on April 15, 2016. Specs are:
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec, 150.5 mm
This photo below shows part of the fence around the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The following photo shows strollers admiring the Seine River. The fence separates the path from Square du Vert Galant on Île de la Cité in Paris, France.
The next photo shows enlarged photographs of dogs and their owners. The photos are hung from a tall fence along a street in Paris, France.
This photo shows the façade of the Cathedral of Málaga in Málaga, Spain. Vignetting was added in post processing to frame the entry. Note the ornate fence at ground level as well as the simpler fence (railing) above.
The final photo shows a bride and groom being photographed in front of Notre-Dame de Paris. The fence eliminates crowd clutter while preserving the beauty of the cathedral.