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"First in the Hearts of His Countrymen"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 February 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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

The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. Its construction took place in two major phases, 1848-58, and 1876-84. A lack of funds, political turmoil, and uncertainty about the survival of the American Union caused the intermittent hiatus.

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 thick 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.

From the archives...........Photo captured May 5, 2010.

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful composition, colors and reflections.

22 Feb 2018 5:08am

sherri from Arkansas, United States

i liked ready the details

incredible shot

22 Feb 2018 5:31am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Thanks for the interesting explanation. The construction of that monument has been a great work. Its proportions are enormous. The picture brings it up nicely.

22 Feb 2018 5:33am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A spectacular image with a super sky.

22 Feb 2018 6:26am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Excellent cadrage et attrayantes explications. )

22 Feb 2018 6:33am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Superbement cadré, ciel magnifique, et idem pour les reflets.
Bonne journée steven

22 Feb 2018 6:52am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique prise de vue !!!
Merci pour les explications
Bonne journée

22 Feb 2018 6:52am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique vue et iamge quel reflet quelle profondeur et vue superbe compo.

22 Feb 2018 8:15am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

oh beau

22 Feb 2018 9:38am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un très beau paysage!

22 Feb 2018 9:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice wide angle shot.
Beautiful blue sky !

22 Feb 2018 9:46am

willy from Belgium

un très belle vue sur le monument Steven

merci pour les informations intéressantes


22 Feb 2018 11:13am

franz from Baden, Austria

Terrific, Steven! The perspective, the reflections, the pano- like frame ... all perfect!

22 Feb 2018 2:22pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very fine image and the sky is perfect; love those wispy cloud accents.

22 Feb 2018 2:59pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The background info is so interesting. A beautiful image - like a postcard.

22 Feb 2018 3:02pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful image and great write up here !!!!Thank you :)

22 Feb 2018 3:08pm

Jeff & Pat from Pembroke Dock, ! Wales !, United Kingdom

Class shot !!!..the pedestrians on either bank balance the shot well, personally I would have cropped the ducks they're not needed . ;>)

22 Feb 2018 3:36pm

@Jeff & Pat: I debated doing that and should have followed my instincts.

Don from Spokane, United States

Taken from a great viewpoint. A great memolrial.

22 Feb 2018 4:02pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful image !!!

22 Feb 2018 6:02pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Cadrage, ciel et reflets superbes !
Un grand merci pour les détails !

22 Feb 2018 8:44pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The Washington Monument leads the eye to the water and the sky. Good composition.

22 Feb 2018 8:46pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent symmetry ...! I like the reflection of the Monument. It looks much more impressive! Great shot!

22 Feb 2018 9:46pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Love the ducks :)

22 Feb 2018 10:54pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

That is a very cool shot.

22 Feb 2018 11:09pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I love the swooping clouds above this familiar monument

23 Feb 2018 12:46am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Wonderful photo, very well composed. Great information as well.

23 Feb 2018 2:25am

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing photo of this great monument. Wonderful composition and reflections. And great information. Love this. :)

23 Feb 2018 3:43am

Ginnie from Netherlands

WOW. Who knew (all that info)! The clouds seem especially excited about it all.

23 Feb 2018 6:01am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Thank you for sharing this beautiful image and the explanation.

23 Feb 2018 6:45am

Martine from France

Jolis reflets, il y a même les canards en premier plan.

23 Feb 2018 7:40am

London Caller from United Kingdom

The ducklings stole the show :)

23 Feb 2018 11:25am

Annima from Toulouse, France

Très belle prise.

23 Feb 2018 1:36pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a fine and informative story of this beautiful image

23 Feb 2018 2:58pm

Remus from Portugal

A beautiful set between reality and reflection.
And even the ducks appreciate the beauty of the lake.

23 Feb 2018 5:43pm

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Full of life,colors and energy.

23 Feb 2018 5:55pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Beautiful sky

24 Feb 2018 3:34am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

What a shot!! With that beautiful sky!! I didn't know most of those factoids!! Thanks so much!

24 Feb 2018 3:49am

Joëlle from France

Un cadrage aux petits oignons et un bel effet miroir je dis bravo à toi !

24 Feb 2018 7:44am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, perspective, clouds, colors, lights & reflections!

24 Feb 2018 6:36pm

MAU from Els Poblets, Spain

Muy buena foto.

24 Feb 2018 7:19pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautiful image. Amazing sky and reflection.

25 Feb 2018 10:53am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely gorgeous! What a glorious day to take this image with that sky. I love the reflection! Wonderful information.

25 Feb 2018 9:02pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a nice perspective on this obelisk

28 Feb 2018 11:57am