DC Vernal Equinox 2004

Taken from the car near sunset -- the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

The Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, with people flying kites in front.

Mercury Fountain, surrounded by azaleas,
National Gallery of Art
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,"
National Archives

The front of the Archives, seen behind the sculpture garden near the ice skating rink. Visitors no longer enter up the main stairs but must go through security on the first floor.

The Declaration of Independence. This is the Declaration of Independence -- the original -- under about five panes of glass and a row of yellow lasers and who knows what other sorts of security. Naturally (and by law) this photo was taken without a flash.

Tulips blooming around a tree in a planter near the Smithsonian parking lot.

Birds in the city tend to make do with whatever places they find to perch.

The Jefferson Memorial, photo taken through the car window, shortly before sunset. I wasn't fast enough to get a good shot but Tom's statue could be seen clearly between the pillars.

The light over the Potomac River seen from Virginia driving home.