Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rise Up!



Shot these images with a mind to showing how the area around Independence and 4th began to fill up, with people finally resorting to climbing the structures associated with surrounding buildings, cars, trucks and trees. 




Very soon there were people even taking to sitting on top of--uhm--port-a-potties. Or should we call them port-a-views? :-)




UpdateSally Quillian Yates, the now former acting Attorney General of the United States, is a true American hero and a martyr for American democracy. I'm so very proud of her and those in the State Department who resigned instead of serving under Trump's appointee, Rex Tillerson. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Young Protestors



Washington sure is busy these days. I just got back last night from yet another major rally at the White House protesting Saturday's executive ban on immigrants (pics to come). If Trump thinks these rallies will die down, he's fooling himself. He either has forgotten or never knew anything about the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s or the protests against Vietnam. As in those days, the mostly young protestors involved in the affairs I've attended seem to know they're in this for the long haul and I can see how they're becoming more skilled every day, reacting and responding to each new outrage. 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The People's Voice!



There will be hell to pay for what the President of the United States did yesterday. His executive order targeting immigrants from seven countries is immoral if not also at the same time unconstitutional. And if the latter, then I'm sure I'm not the only one who will soon be calling for--no, demanding!--his impeachment. BY GOD, THE PEOPLE'S VOICE WILL BE HEARD!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Young Activists



You better believe. . .




that there's another generation. . .




of intrepid young activists coming along.


Friday, January 27, 2017

We the People



I never learned who designed these posters.

  


But whoever was responsible, . . .




please know I especially liked this last one.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Low Boil



Concerned that I might offend some of my readers, I'm reluctant to share all I saw and heard at last Saturday's rally. Underneath those ladies' often smiling faces, lies a barely contained rage at the way this President treats women. I don't blame them; no, not at all. I've had difficulty lately even keeping my own anger in check. Still, I think it's important to share with the world the truth (now there's a concept!) about the way many women feel here in the United States.




They're outraged not only by the President and his actions but also by a political system that often only pretends to seek liberty and justice for all even when in reality it's oppressing many of its own citizens. They're anger ain't always pretty, but it's real and--I think anyway--needs to be both seen and heard, not suppressed.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Crowds


Well, as you know, the crowds at the Women's March on Washington were unprecedented and I certainly got that sense as the crowds began to swell all around me.


It was almost scary how people kept coming. From every direction, they just kept coming all day long.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Independence & 4th


No sooner had I left the Federal Center Metro Station then I made my way over to the corner of Independence Avenue and 4th Street where, as it turned out, many of the event's principle speakers had gathered to address the crowd within easy earshot of the Capitol. Speakers I heard included Gloria Steinem, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. I'm told Madonna also addressed the crowd and let loose a few f-bombs in the process. But strangely, I don't remember her speech, maybe because I was so busy helping people take photographs using their cameras while at the same time perched atop about five feet of steel plates that had been stacked in the intersection and evidently left there after the Inauguration. Also, the plates were a little precariously balanced so that I spent a lot of time just trying to stay upright and not fall into the crowd that was now beginning to gather.



Very soon after I arrived, people began spilling down that part of Independence Avenue shown below behind the stage. Eventually, there wasn't a square foot of open pavement left. Emergency vehicles, as I'll soon show you, had to be escorted through the crowd by police.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Federal Center



I got out at Federal Center. Fortunately, about a third or better of the people on the train car got off at the station before, L'Enfant Plaza. I say fortunately because I have never EVER seen the Federal Center station so packed with humanity! Sorry about the dark image. I decided, though, to render the lighting exactly as it appeared. One could easily increase the exposure, but then you lose the sense of what it's like to be in a dark cavernous station along with hundreds and hundreds of other people.




Later, as people spilled out of the Federal Center Metro station, they were met by this Humvee, with guns removed. All was well, though; the military was only there to assist the D.C. police and March officials direct traffic and to offer emergency assistance. I was happy to learn later that--unlike the protests during the Inauguration--there was not a single incidence of violence.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Packed Cars



The Metro train was already full as it pulled into my local station yesterday morning at around 7 a.m. Never mind! Loads more people boarded and the car full of people immediately erupted into cheers. And cheers continued to erupt at every single station on the way leading into D.C. for the Women's March on Washington as still MORE people boarded. You might have thought you had just accidentally stumbled onboard a car full of sorority sisters having a HUGE party, which is pretty much what it was. This is how civilian women go to war.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Glory-Bower



I'm headed back into Washington, D.C. again today, this time to participate in the Women's March on Washington. People are gathering here from all over the United States and the world, so I do hope to be able to get into the city and to bring back some images. Check out my Twitter feed for more.

In the meantime, I'll share these images of the Philippine Glory-Bower from my visit last week to the U. S. Botanic Garden at 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Just a reminder that this really is a beautiful world and that there is, in fact, a lot of beauty all around us if we will but take the time to see it. 




Update: More than a half million people here in D.C. today at the Women's March on Washington! A wall of humanity, mostly women, as far as the eye can see! Astonishing! Pictures to come.

Friday, January 20, 2017

CNN



CNN's Inauguration headquarters atop the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building in Washington, D.C. at 101 Constitution Avenue.

It was the most amazing dust-up between an incoming president and a member of the press that I can ever remember. So I was amused this past weekend to see that CNN had what is arguably THE best location in Washington, D.C. from which to cover today's inauguration. For you who may have missed it, I dug it up from an article that appeared in the Washington Post dated January 11:

TRUMP: As far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they're going to suffer the consequences. They already are. And as far as CNN going out of their way to build it up — and by the way, we just found out [as] I was coming down ... it was a different Michael Cohen they were talking about. All night long, it's Michael Cohen. I said I want to see your passport. He brings his passport to my office. I say, hey, wait a minute. He didn't leave the country. He wasn't out of the country. They had Michael Cohen of the Trump Organization was in Prague. It turned out to be a different Michael Cohen. It's a disgrace what took place. It's a disgrace, and I think they out to apologize, to start with, [to] Michael Cohen.

ACOSTA: Sir, since you're attacking us, can you give us a question?

TRUMP: (To another reporter) Go ahead.

ACOSTA: Since you're ...

TRUMP: No.

ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect ...

TRUMP: No. Go ahead. Go ahead.

ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking our news organization ...

TRUMP: No, not you. Not you.

ACOSTA: ... can you give us a chance?

TRUMP: Your organization is terrible. Your organization is terrible.

ACOSTA: You are attacking our news organization. Can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?

TRUMP: Go ahead.

ACOSTA: Sir ...

TRUMP: Quiet. Quiet.

ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect, can you say categorically ...

TRUMP: Go ahead. She's asking a question. Don't be rude.

ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect, can you give us a question? You're attacking us. Can you give us a question.

TRUMP: Don't. Be. Rude. No, I'm not going to give you a question. I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news.

Acosta's final remark was that Trump's refusal to call on him was "not appropriate." Afterward, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly told Acosta that he was not appropriate.




UPDATE: Just got back from cycling into D.C. One visitor from out of town asked me if it's always this quiet during an Inauguration. Unbelievable! I was expecting the Deplorables to be out dancing in the streets rejoicing. Instead, it looked and felt like a wake. I especially enjoyed the guy on a bike in front of me on Four Mile Run heading out of town with a Hillary bumper sticker on his rear fender. :-) REMEMBER: WE MARCH ON WASHINGTON TOMORROW!



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Don's Johns



Well, first of all, there seems to be a little embarrassment over the name of one of the major suppliers of port-a-potties for tomorrow's inauguration and so someone has been covering up the name, Don's Johns, with tape. Several media types have been trying to find out who, but without any apparent success. Certain members of the other Don's transition team, though, are high on the list of likely suspects.




What's very curious, though, is that the same is not being done in the case of the competition, namely Gene's Johns. I know that if I was Don, I would be, uhm, well, frankly, p*****. :-)


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bamboo


Bamboo is about as common as grass where I live and a heck of a lot easier to grow. Only it's rare to see specimens so mature as these in the U. S. Botanic Garden.

"Bambusa vulgaris, common bamboo, is an open-clump type bamboo species. It is native to Indochina and to the province of Yunnan in southern China, but it has been widely cultivated in many other places and has become naturalized in several. Among bamboo species, it is one of the largest and most easily recognized." ~ Wikipedia

Update: I wouldn't want to leave my readers thinking nothing was happening in D.C. as we head into Friday's inauguration and Saturday's March on Washington. Things are definitely heating up in the nation's capital. Traffic barriers are being erected, security perimeters established, media equipment deployed and already a smattering of protests causing traffic tie-ups. Many hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon the area within the next 2-3 days. I know I'm expecting a house full of protesters myself this weekend. Beginning tomorrow, I'll interrupt my tranquil little tour of D.C. to show you some of the preparations that have been taking place.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rock Tassel Fern



An Australian Rock Tassel Fern at the U. S. Botanic Garden.

"This ephiphyte (growing on trees) Australian native is closely related to ancient plants and is probably on a list of those protected. The tassels are stems covered with pale green leaves. As the tassels grow, they cascade making this a wonderful hanging basket choice. Damage occurs when plants are exposed to temperatures below 30 degrees F." ~ Online Plant Guide


Monday, January 16, 2017

Barrel Cactus



First stop in town--a quick return visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden, this time without the holiday crowd.

"Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or, amusingly, mother-in-law's cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

It is rare and endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft)." ~ Wikipedia


Sunday, January 15, 2017

3000 Series



Crummy day yesterday with morning temps hovering only about a degree or more above freezing. What to do? Why not a trial run downtown to prepare for next Saturday's March on Washington? So I headed back down to the Metro station.

Rode in another 3000 series car:

"Beginning in 2005, a number of 3000-series cars that had not yet undergone rehabilitation were modified as part of a pilot program to study passenger movements to improve the seating arrangement for future rail cars. Sixteen cars received a new seating arrangement that included modified handholds and seat positions, including some longitudinal seating. These cars, as well as other cars being used as control cars in the experiment, received on-board cameras in order for planners to observe passenger movements." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Landscape



Jennifer Trask, Landscape, 2014, various bone fragments, spliced antler "vines", cast resin mixed with bone, calcium carbonate and bone char underpainting at the Renwick Gallery

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tradition



Steven Young Lee, In the Name of Tradition, 2007, porcelain, salt-fired glaze, mortar and gold leaf at the Renwick Gallery

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Red Panel


Steven Young Lee, Red Panel, 2013, porcelain, cobalt inlay, glass and aluminum at the Renwick Gallery

Actually, the Red and Blue panels form one composition, although at the Renwick they are displayed at opposite ends of the same wall and I've even seen online where these panels have been accompanied by another panel of white cups in at least one other exhibition. Not sure if there's some subtle political point being made. But, in any case, the cups are as interesting when seen individually as when they're are seen together. Could that be the message, I wonder?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Renwick



Steven Young Lee, Blue Panel, 2013, porcelain, cobalt inlay, glass and aluminum at the Renwick Gallery

From the Botanic Garden, I wandered past the preparations being made for next week's inauguration (sigh!) near the Capitol and White House before deciding to go see what new is showing over at the Renwick Gallery



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Decorations



There were still some decorations out in front of the U. S. Botanic Garden last week. I imagine they've been taken down now. I took most of mine down this past Sunday evening. But I've got a couple that tend to hang around all year. Makes decorating a lot easier when they're already out.  It also makes figuring out where to store them a lot simpler. :-)