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Freer Gallery of Art

Today’s Photo:  Freer Gallery of Art

I was in drafting for most of the four years I was in high school.  I had the dream of being an architect when I “grew up”.  What ever happened to that dream?  Huh!  So, from a young age, I have taken an interest in architecture and …Continue Reading Here…

The Steam Engine

Today’s Photo:  The Steam Engine

There is a room in the bottom of the National Museum of American History that houses some of the largest and heaviest items from American history.  This is the steam engine from the belly of the Oak; a Lighthouse …Continue Reading Here…

Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Castle
One of the things I have found over the last few years traveling is the value of doing research on the area where you are going to go.  Not just a little bit of research, but in depth research.  I have been working on perfecting this.  Once I know where I will be, I begin to decide what time I will have to devote to taking photos.  This leads to where I want to take photos and then finally I go as far as planning the times and researching lighting angles.  I know this sounds like a lot, but in the end, I think it is well worth it.

Today’s Photo:  Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Castle

So, after all that, I had it easy in the District.  Instead of doing all the research, I had a guide.  I told them that I just wanted to drift around some of the museum buildings and take a few photos.  Well, okay, several hundred.  One of their most recommended places was the flower gardens behind The Castle. …Continue Reading Here…

National Museum of Natural History Dome

Today’s Photo:  National Museum of Natural History Dome

One of the coolest things about the Smithsonian museum system in Washington D.C. is that nearly all the buildings have at least one room with a gigantic dome.  Well, at least all the ones I saw.  The amount of work and …Continue Reading Here…

The Freer Window

Today’s Photo:  The Freer Window

This was just a parting shot as I left the Freer Gallery.  It was raining and I chickened out taking a shot from outside of the fountain.  However, I was able to capture the reflection of the ceiling in the entrance hall for this building which houses the Asian History Museum of the …Continue Reading Here…

The Small Elephant

Today’s Photo:  The Small Elephant

I often wonder what it would have been like to live hundreds if not thousands of years ago.  What would the world have been like with out the convenience we enjoy today.  Instead of deciding what television …Continue Reading Here…


Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the United States.  I would like to say thank you to all the men and women that have maintained the freedom that allow me to post what I want.

Today’s Photo:  Corsair

Ever since I was little, I have always been amazed with flight.  I loved to watch birds gliding through the air, not to mention watching airplanes and all other manner of flying things.  It is so hard to believe …Continue Reading Here…

Freer Gallery of Art©2011 Just Shooting Memories (all rights reserved)

Every once in a while I like to go through my archive of photos.  This helps me in two ways.  First, I get to see all the old photos that I took and relive the moments.  I mean, that is what this is all about.  “Capturing Memories for a Lifetime”.  Second, every time I go through …Continue Reading Here…

The Door to the Castle

Today’s Photo:  The Door to the Castle

This is the back door to the Smithsonian administration building.  Also commonly known as the Castle.  I had a fun time taking photos in the flower garden just behind the castle.  If you ever have the chance to make it here, make sure you explore the sides of the garden.  There were lots of cool things to find that were not readily apparent from the central area of the garden.  In fact, you can see one from a previous post, Flower Petals for the Lady. …Continue Reading Here…

Today’s Photo: The Fairy Orchid

During my high speed visit of the rapidly closing museums in Washington D.C., I came across the Orchid collection in the Museum of Natural History.  It amazes me at how difficult it is to grow these flowers.  And then to encourage them to grow in the variety that is seen at the show is amazing.  This particular one caught my eye.  I can’t explain why it stood out against the other amazing flowers, but it did.  My first impression of this was of a hawk or some type of bird of prey with it’s beak open.  However, once my wife saw it, she pointed out that it looked kinda like a fairy.  (Don’t tell her, bu I think she may have been watching too much Barbie and the Fairy Secret.  I’m just sayin’.)  And then I began looking at it again.  And I could see the fairy.  (Good grief, now I KNOW I have been watching too much.)

While you are checking out this flower, why don’t you look at The Flower (I know; original name.)  And then visit last Friday’s Daily Photo.

The Fairy

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