November 11, 2015
(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)
FotoWeek DC runs all week long and this year I planned to go, even if for only one day. David checked MARC train schedules for the Odenton station where we would board and use our legs and/or the DC Metro to get to various locations for special photography exhibits. We bought senior tickets, which were a bargain, but David was especially happy when no one checked tickets for our departure ride. We got a free ride and can use the tickets we bought until sometime in 2016. We also had our senior passes for the Metro. There are some benefits to being old!
We started at 2801 16th Street NW in the former Spanish Embassy, which had several juried exhibits, competition winners and a youth project. Another area held Aperture photos of some of my favorite photographers, some from the early days of film photography: Dorothea Lange, Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, Annie Leibovitz and more. We continued at the National Gallery of Art, which exhibited a diverse acquisition of photos showing how photography through the years and today shapes our experience and perceptions of life. On our final stop at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, we saw exhibits of huge photos, an exquisite tribute to nature and wilderness.
The weather was perfect and we managed to picnic outside near the National Archive where a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony was taking place at the Navy memorial—formations, color guards, music, short speech and official wreath laying.
Home on the train and a stop for a Chinese dinner completed our adventures.
My gift today is a salute to life.
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