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Stormy Skies Over the Capitol, Cherry Blossoms and Baseball in Washington, DC

Considering that the United States government is considering going “on strike,” it was only appropriate that my recent trip to Washington, DC, was filled with ominous storm clouds and rain pretty much the whole time I was there visiting my friends.

The clouds lifted, however, for one brief two hour period when my good college buddy Brent and I descended on the National Mall for a two hour power-walk from the United States Capitol Building to the Washington Monument and back.

The National Mall and Washington Monument are especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season.
The National Mall and Washington Monument are especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season.

Major League Baseball Opening Day at Nationals Park

The clouds were also in full-force on March 31, 2011, when I attended the opening day game of baseball’s Washington Nationals.

Despite being a sold out game, I would say that Nationals Park was at most half full and the crowd quickly lost interest when the Atlanta Braves took a first inning lead. The Nationals would never recover.

The 2011 Washington Nationals opening day game was played through a steady mist with a full storm lurking on the horizon. The Nats lost the game, which was played on March 31, 2011, to the Braves by the final score of 2-0.
The 2011 Washington Nationals opening day game was played through a steady mist with a full storm lurking on the horizon. The Nats lost the game, which was played on March 31, 2011, to the Braves by the final score of 2-0.

 

I’ve Wanted to Take This Photo for 16 Years

Well, maybe not from this exact spot, but for whatever reason, the 1994 movie TimeCop put the idea in my head to photograph a city street leading up to the Capitol dome. But despite living in DC for seven years, I never managed to do it.

So, when I saw the brightly-lit and stormy skies above the Capitol while driving on highway 295 en-route to Virginia, I got off at the next exit. Having packed only my camera, I had to improvise once I found my spot. A beat-up traffic cone doubled as a tripod and the 10-second timer solved the problem of the cone wobbling when I pressed the shutter. Now I finally have my photo.

The Capitol was beautifully lit the night I arrived in DC in March of 2011, so the only thing left to do was hop off 295 and find this street that I've been wanting to take a photo on since seeing it in the movie Timecop in 1994.
The Capitol was beautifully lit the night I arrived in DC in March of 2011, so the only thing left to do was hop off 295 and find this street that I’ve been wanting to take a photo on since seeing it in the movie Timecop in 1994.

Tweeting the Washington Nationals Opening Day Game

As all of my college friends from American University were working during the 1:10pm game, I bought myself a ticket and went alone. To entertain myself while not taking photographs, I tweeted random musings from the game.

    • Half the people throwing out the first pitch could not make it to home plate.
Cherry Blossoms and other brightly colored flowers line a quiet street on South Capitol Street in Washington, DC.
Cherry Blossoms and other brightly colored flowers line a quiet street on South Capitol Street in Washington, DC.
  • Why is Chipper “Larry” Jones still playing baseball. Isn’t he 90?
  • Nothing like taking east coast baseball to kill time on a 2 inning sausage line.
  • Top of the sixth and I just finally made it to my seats.
  • View from my seats…amazing! Oh, what $55 gets you on Stubhub for a bad team.
  • Gotta love opening day! Even if it is cold and rainy.
  • 3G? 4G? More like 0g with all these smart phones at the stadium.
  • Misting is better than raining. Let’s hope it stays this way. Good seats = no cover.
  • I’ve never seen a more empty sold out game.
  • It’s great to get a free scorecard when I enter Nationals stadium, but where is my free mini pencil to write with?
  • Okay, now it’s raining and cold, I’m at the game alone, its the bottom of the 8th, the Washington Nationals suck and are losing. Time to leave? Perhaps.
  • Left in the top of the ninth. That’s enough of that. Time to get to my car and blast the heat.

There’s lots more in my Washington, DC photo gallery

The Archives of the United States of America is one of the classical old buildings that line the National Mall.
The Archives of the United States of America is one of the classical old buildings that line the National Mall.
The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the federal government of the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though not in the geographic center of the District of Columbia, the Capitol is the origin by which the quadrants of the District are divided.
The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the federal government of the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though not in the geographic center of the District of Columbia, the Capitol is the origin by which the quadrants of the District are divided.
The US Capitol building is shrouded by Cherry Blossoms every year in late March and early April.
The US Capitol building is shrouded by Cherry Blossoms every year in late March and early April.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet tall.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet tall.
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium commonly RFK Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium, in Washington, D.C. and currently home to MLS's D.C. United. The stadium was opened in 1961 and has been home to a number of professional sports teams including the Redskins, Washington Senators and the Washington Nationals.
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium commonly RFK Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium, in Washington, D.C. and currently home to MLS’s D.C. United. The stadium was opened in 1961 and has been home to a number of professional sports teams including the Redskins, Washington Senators and the Washington Nationals.

There’s still lots more in my Washington, DC photo gallery

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  • http://www.beachedeskimo.com Claire

    Great photos… Washington is on my to-do list. Love the cherry blossoms!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Claire. I’m heading back there in a few weeks. Can’t wait to see the place in fall! The colors rival the cherry blossoms…