Aren’t vacations great? The only problem with visiting interesting locales, though, is the temptation to squeeze in as many sights as possible. Sometimes my vacations end up being as tiring as a regular work week, what with all the activity! That was the case when we visited DC late last year. So much to see, so little energy. Lots of history to take in, not enough hours in the day. Number 3 on my little countdown is one of the most photographed and famous buildings in America: The Capital.
the real usc
To be honest, this shot took me completely by surprise. I had been by here earlier in the day and taken a few, but nothing too spectacular came up. After taking a tour of both sides of congress, we came back out and started to head off to call it a day when Kare asked me if I wanted to get any more pictures of the front of the building. I sort of shrugged my shoulders and said, “Well, I already took a few so I don’t need more, but why not…” And boom, the magic hour hit – dusk. Just the right amount of cloud cover, just the right amount of fading light, and to top it all off – almost nobody around. Boy, what a difference a few hours makes. Just goes to show ya – there’s no substitute for patience (though honestly in this case, I had none and just got lucky) and good light.
It also helps when buildings and monuments are well-lit at night specifically for viewing:
Oh, also in case you were interested, this is what the inside of the dome looks like in the Capital building. Easily could have made my countdown, but I figured 1 DC picture is enough: