Saturday, October 29, 2016


I'm only now beginning to explore Georgetown Waterfront Park. Expect more views to come. Yesterday, in fact, I happened upon yet another approach to the park.

Friday, October 28, 2016


I'm still not sure what that device is for in the bow of this boat. My guess is that it has something to do with this being a utility boat for Key Bridge Boathouse. Maybe it's helpful when moving boats in and out of their moorings. This guy was towing another similar boat behind him and heading back to the boathouse.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The City Planners

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt
than the rational whine of a power mower
cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass.

But though the driveways neatly
sidestep hysteria
by being even, the roofs all display
the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky,
certain things:
the smell of spilled oil a faint
sickness lingering in the garages,
a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise,
a plastic hose poised in a vicious
coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows

give momentary access to
the landscape behind or under
the future cracks in the plaster

when the houses, capsized, will slide
obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers
that right now nobody notices.

That is where the City Planners
with the insane faces of political conspirators
are scattered over unsurveyed
territories, concealed from each other,
each in his own private blizzard;

guessing directions, they sketch
transitory lines rigid as wooden borders
on a wall in the white vanishing air

tracing the panic of suburb
order in a bland madness of snows 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kennedy Center

"The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts . . . is located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. The Center, which opened September 8, 1971, produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, in addition to multi-media performances for all ages." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Water's Up!

Happened by Fletcher's Cove again yesterday and saw where the water level in the canal was back up. And The Georgetown?

Well, let's just say now we know why it had to be taken out of service. :-)

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Georgetown

Sad end to a local attraction. The canal's water level has been lowered to facilitate restoration work in Georgetown between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

You're Not Alone

While photographing Key Bridge and Rosslyn early one morning last week, I was quite surprised to suddenly look up and notice that a fellow photographer was doing the same.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Rosslyn skyline as seen early one recent weekday morning from Georgetown's Waterfront Park.

"Rosslyn is a heavily urbanized unincorporated area in Northern Virginia located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, Virginia, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown and Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C. Rosslyn encompasses the Arlington neighborhoods of North Rosslyn and Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights, and is located east of Courthouse, another urbanized Arlington neighborhood. Characterized as one of several 'urban villages' by the County, the numerous skyscrapers in the dense business section of Rosslyn make its appearance in some ways more urban than nearby Washington." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, October 21, 2016

Waterfront Park

"The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Key Bridge

"The Francis Scott Key Bridge, more commonly known as the Key Bridge, is a six-lane reinforced concrete arch bridge conveying U.S. Route 29 (US 29) traffic across the Potomac River between the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, and the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1923, it is Washington's oldest surviving bridge across the Potomac River." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Local Controversy

Unbeknownst to me at the time, I snapped this photograph at exactly the same moment as a controversial new fence was being erected. You can see the workers beginning the installation in the background.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Potomac Tower

If my research is correct, this is the Potomac Tower in Rosslyn, Virginia designed by James Ingo Freed. Here's a little more about Freed:

"James Ingo Freed (June 23, 1930 – December 15, 2005) was an American architect born in Essen, Germany during the Weimar Republic. After coming to the United States at age nine with his sister Betty, followed later by their parents, he studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in architecture.

In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Chicago Seven and dean for three years of the School of Architecture at his alma mater. He worked for most of his career based in New York, and went beyond the Internationalist and modernist styles. In partnership with I.M. Pei, in their firm known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, he worked on major United States public buildings and museums." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I haven't quite yet figured out what's being built here. Some kind of high rise. My guess is that it's probably a mix of commercial and residential. I'll have to check it out the next time I pass by.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Capital Bikeshare

Have you heard about our Capital Bikeshare program? It's clearly growing in popularity. I regularly see people now commuting to work using Bikeshare's bikes. I think it's one of the more positive results of Metrorail's woes. Even so, it's going to be a long winter for some commuters without Metro.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Community Garden

I happened upon these lovely morning glories on one of my recent rides. I had seen them before and resolved the next time I passed to stop and photograph them. I believe the woman in the background is the gardener. She seemed very pleased by my interest. :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Not far from yesterday's high rise, a few blocks away at most, in an otherwise fairly grubby-looking warehouse district, is this attractive mini garden an association of people helped to establish and now continue to maintain.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Mural

Not sure what the inspiration for this mural was. But I think I detect some sensitivity to location. It's near a school and a locally well-known stream known as Four Mile Run.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


I've cycled by this high rise several times now. And, yes, I've seriously considered living in a condo many times and each time decided against it. Here's a list of things I've thought about.

Condo association rules: I don't mind rules, but there are rules and there are rules. Sometimes how HOAs (homeowner associations) apply their rules strike me as teetering on the totalitarian.

The condo community: I do like community, but--uhm--maybe not so much.

The high-rise lifestyle: I REALLY like the outdoors.

Yards and landscaping: Too much outdoors. This is the one really good reason I could think of to choose the condominium lifestyle. :-)

Saturday, October 8, 2016


Yesterday's chipmunk may have been "chucking" about these big birds making their approaches to National Airport.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Came home the other day to the strangest noise outside my back door. Scientists call it "chucking" and say it's an alert to the presence of an aerial threat. 

To hear sound clip, click here and scroll to below the photo of an Eastern Chipmunk.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Revolution Cycles

Might have been able to replace my punctured inner tube here the other day if the shop had been open. Alas! My tube went flat at around 7 a.m. and the shop didn't open until noon that day. I wonder if shops like this could have a kind of tire and inner tube ATM open 24/7.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


This was an unusual amount of traffic on M Street in Georgetown even by Washington, D.C. standards this early on a weekday morning--a direct result, I'm told, of repairs being conducted by Metrorail along several of its lines.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dawn on the Potomac

Looking southeast towards Key Bridge with the Washington Monument in the background and Rosslyn on the right. Sculling crews can be seen practicing between the island and the bridge. The Three Sisters lie center right.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Sign spotted, appropriately enough, next to Francis Scott Key Park. :-)

"The District of Columbia statehood movement is a political movement that advocates making the District of Columbia a U.S. state. As the national capital, the District of Columbia is a federal district under the direct jurisdiction of the United States Congress. Statehood would grant the District voting representation in the Congress and full control over local affairs. It has been proposed that the state be named New Columbia.

Statehood for the District could potentially be achieved by an act of Congress using the power granted under Article Four, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. However, there is some debate as to whether simple legislation would be sufficient to grant statehood to the seat of government." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Campaign Signs

My completely unscientific poll based on a purely subjective impression created by the numbers of campaign signs I see in my neighbors' yards is that Clinton is ahead by a moonshot in this year's presidential race, at least in this here corner of NoVA.

Actually, I did spot a few Trump signs yesterday afternoon near where some early voting was taking place.

Saturday, October 1, 2016


This is what the BikeArlington web site has to say about the county's bike culture:

"Arlington, Virginia is a great place to get around by bicycle. More than one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes make it easy for cyclists to get where they need to go. If you don't have a bike, or don't have it with you, Capital Bikeshare is a convenient option. BikeArlington's goal is to get more Arlingtonians biking more often, whether they're commuting, shopping, or just having fun."