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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “work of art”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.
During my recent trip to the East Coast, I got to see many works of art, including in the various Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Some of the art you find in D.C. is larger than life, such as the Thomas Jefferson’s statue inside the Jefferson Memorial.
Or the Marting Luther King Memorial, the latest addition to the monuments around the Tidal Basin. The monument represents this famous line from Dr. Luther King’s speech in Washington: “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”. That quote is engraved on the side of the stone in which King is featured. What a great image for that quote. By the way, Martin Luther King directly faces the Jefferson Memorial, looking for hope in the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Sometimes man can takes nature and create beautiful works of art. I enjoyed photographing this small man-made waterfall from behind.
Of course nature makes some of the most beautiful works of art. I got to see a lot of them in the shape of stalagmites and stalactites when I visited Luray Caverns in Virginia, the largest caverns in the Eastern United States.
Here’s Mother Nature at work, displaying its latest creation, a small stalactite in the making. Another million years and it will be as big as the ones shown in the photo above!
Nature in the spring on the East coast displays many works of art in the form of tree blossoms. I got to enjoy many Eastern red bud trees in bloom. What a sight!
But I’ll admit that my favorite probably were the pink magnolias, or tulip trees. A cloudy sky that day made for a great background to photograph the pink magnolia blooms from under.
I imagine your boys loved those caverns. What kid doesn’t like exploring caves? But your talk of D.C. makes me eager to go there again. It’s been a while, and it’s such a great city.
The boys love the caverns, even though they were a bit spooked. The guide has said not to lag behind too much because the lights in different parts of the cave are on a timer, so every time I stopped to take pictures, they thought I would end up in the dark, haha! I do think I heard a few wows out of their mouths, though. And the caverns are only a couple of hours away from DC so you could visit them on your next trip there. There’s so much to see in D.C. and it’s a great place for a family trip. You should go next spring. 🙂
My husband just got back from there, but I’m sure I can easily convince him to go again. It’s his favorite city, too. 🙂
Haha, that should be easy!
These are really gorgeous, Milka 🙂 Especially those cavern shots.
Thank you! I took many photos inside the caverns but I haven’t had the chance to go through all of them yet.
Beautiful art of work gallery! Well done!
Thank you very much, Amy!
Fantastic images, all works of art! Those Cavern photos are fascinating!
Those caverns are fascinating indeed. A huge challenge to photograph because of the contrast between the bright lights and the darkness in the same shot.
Lots of great Americana. The monuments, gorgeous caverns ending with a fantastic nature image of pink blossoms. Beautiful set, Milka.
Thank you very much, Jane. I really need to go through my pink magnolia photos. They’re beautiful to photograph.
Very Kewl 🙂
Stunning shots of the caverns – especially the first one, nicely composed into a modern piece of art.
Thank you very much. Those caverns were amazing and I’m afraid my pictures don’t do them justice.
Great choices, Milka. I love caverns, but not small caves, where my dislike of tight places comes alive!
Haha, I wouldn’t do small caves either! My kids thought I was taking them in a cave where they would have to wear a helmet and carry a flashlight. They were pleasantly surprised when they saw how big and well lit the caverns were.
All great choices Milka! The last shot really calls to me!!
Thank you! It’s by far one of my favorite photos I took during my trip.