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"First in War, First in Peace, and..."

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"...first in the hearts of his countrymen" was a phrase that Henry Lee stated as part of his eulogy at Washington's funeral in 1799.

This is the second, and definitely not the last, time that Washington's obelisk has been featured in this Washington, DC series. While I always thought that the minimalistic style of his memorial didn't do him justice, the fact that the obelisk can be seen from all of Washington, DC seems to make up for it. The obelisk stands over 555 feet.

Here are some interesting facts provided by the National Park Service about the Washington Monument:

1. The corner stone was laid on July 4, 1848. The same trowel was used that George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol way back in 1793. Thousands gathered around the construction site to celebrate the moment.
2. The walls of the monument are 15 feet thick at the bottom and 18 inches at the top.
3. The walls are covered with white marble that was brought in from Maryland.
4. While the monument is hollow on the inside, the inner walls are set with 189 memorial stones that are carved and were presented by individuals, cities, states, societies and other countries.
5. The point at which construction was stopped in 1858 can be identified as the stones used above 152 feet have a darker tone of color when compared to the original ones.
6. The Washington Monument is surrounded by flagpoles, each flag representing a state of the United States.
7. The total cost of building the monument was $1,817,710.
8. The construction of the monument was completed 30 years after the death of its architect, Robert Mills.

Photo captured from the nearby Vietnam War Memorial on May 5, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/250 second F/13.0 ISO 100 60 mm

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MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Marvellous shot with flawless mastering of the verticals! Very good!

28 Jun 2010 8:22am

Antoine from France

Superb compositon and very good framing. Have a lovely day Steven.

28 Jun 2010 8:29am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

An excellent photograph, congratulation. steven

28 Jun 2010 8:45am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fatnastic shot.. thanks for the history behind.

28 Jun 2010 8:57am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very well composed ! Simple but beautiful and effective ! Have a nice day Steven :)

28 Jun 2010 11:24am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Still makes a big statement . . an amazing focus.

28 Jun 2010 2:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice light.

28 Jun 2010 2:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Perfect light and setting - I like the the shadow on North (?) side - great effect, Steven, the morre one looks the more one sees. Also excellent background information as always - Denny

28 Jun 2010 4:47pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Love the amount of space you have given this obelisk and it's off centre placement.

28 Jun 2010 7:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful and elegant image.

28 Jun 2010 9:44pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Hey steven,where are you??? I missed your kind comments :)

29 Jun 2010 12:39am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Like gold!

29 Jun 2010 2:39am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful shot! Nice composition and color!Very interesting image! Superb!

29 Jun 2010 2:44am