Light Curves at the Hirshhorn Museum

The Hirshhorn Museum is all about curves. Together with the sun, the result is light curves, concrete curves, and shadows. Sometimes, curves combine to make even more curves. Like in this photograph. The shadows and sunlight combine with the sculpture garden…

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National Air and Space Museum from the Back

Most might be familiar with the National Air and Space Museum as it looks from the front. The tall glass windows. The sharp, pointy sculpture. But from the back, the building is inverted. Rather than the glass, it’s the marble…

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Hirshhorn Museum Curves and Moon Counterpoint

The Hirshhorn Museum is all about curves. The only straight lines are the columns holding everything up. There’s also a water feature that has some straight lines in it. But everything else curves. The result is a dynamic, fluid view.…

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National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is a big, red brick building. It dominates the scene near the Judiciary Square metro station in Washington, DC. Just go up the escalator and you’ll see it. Supposedly, it was built with fifteen million bricks. In the 1880s, the building housed…

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Wall and Window of Fort Frederik

Fort Frederik is a Dutch fort in Frederiksted on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was one of the first (if not the first) foreign outposts to salute the United States as an independent country. The fort…

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro Through a Door

This photograph is from Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as El Morro.The fortifications of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, are a maze of passageways. Give yourself a full day to get to know them. Take your time. You…

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National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s American History Museum focuses on the history of the United States. When I went there, it focused mostly on the Atlantic seaboard. I’m from Texas, so I was disappointed by its portrayal of the Southwest, but I still enjoyed the trip. The building isn’t…

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