Sunday, April 30, 2006

Rope Trick -- Part I

A man demonstrates his skill with a lariat for three tourists on Constitution Avenue in Washington on April 29.

Rope Trick -- Part II

A man demonstrates his skill with a lariat for two tourists on Constitution Avenue in Washington on April 29.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Lincoln By Night -- Part I

Tourists take pictures from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 27.

Lincoln By Night -- Part II

Tourists take pictures from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 27.

Lincoln By Night -- Part III

Tourists visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 27.

Lincoln By Night -- Part IV

Tourists visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 27.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Playing With A Violin -- Part I

I had an opportunity on Wednesday to take photos of a violin. I'm told this one was made in 1732 and is worth six figures.

Playing With A Violin -- Part II

I had an opportunity on Wednesday to take photos of a violin. I'm told this one was made in 1732 and is worth six figures.

Playing With A Violin -- Part III

I had an opportunity on Wednesday to take photos of a violin. I'm told this was made in 1732 and is worth six figures.

Playing With A Violin -- Part IV

I had an opportunity on Wednesday to take pictures of a violin. I'm told this was made in 1732 and is worth six figures.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part I

Nikki Traeger of the Capitalist Tools scores the winning run in an April 26 game against the Leadership Institute. Teammate Miles Workman batted her home with a solid hit that allowed the Tools to edge ahead of the institute in the last inning. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, is now 2-0 this season.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part II

Miles Workman of the Capitalist Tools delivers the game-winning hit during an April 26 match with the Leadership Institute. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, improved their record to 2-0 after Workman's drive brought a runner home in the last inning, allowing the Tools to edge ahead of the institute.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part III

Nick Starn of the Capitalist Tools throws to first base during an April 26 game with the Leadership Institute. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, improved their record to 2-0 after edging out the institute in the last inning.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part IV

Dan Mitchell of the Capitalist Tools hits one deep into center field during an April 26 game against the Leadership Institute. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, improved their record to 2-0 after edging out the institute in the last inning.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part V

Matt Piccolo of the Capitalist Tools tags out a Leadership Institute runner at home during an April 26 game. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, improved their season record to 2-0 after edging out the institute in the last inning.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part VI

Mike Needham, shortstop for the Capitalist Tools, tags a runner at third base during an April 26 match with the Leadership Institute. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, improved their season record to 2-0 after edging out the institute in the last inning.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part VII

Capitalist Tools third baseman Dan Holler waits for a throw as a player for the Leadership Institute slides. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, edged out in the institute in the last inning to win. They are now 2-0.

Tools Win Two In A Row -- Part VIII

Brian McNicoll, coach of the Capitalist Tools, assigns positions before playing against the Leadership Institute on April 26. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, edged out the institute in the last inning to win. They are now 2-0 this season.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Water Line

Water splashes from the fountains of the United States Navy Memorial, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on April 24.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Tulip Tapestry

I noticed these tulips while walking through the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington on April 3.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Jazz on the Mall -- Part I

Trumpeter Brian Shapiro plays the flugelhorn -- a trumpet-like instrument -- with the Towson University Big Band during an April 20 performance at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. The group was one of several bands performing in the 2nd annual Big Band Jam -- held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Jazz on the Mall -- Part II

The Towson University Big Band performs April 20 at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. The group was one of several performing in the 2nd annual Big Band Jam -- held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Jazz on the Mall -- Part III

The Towson University Big Band performs April 20 at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. The group was one of several performing in the 2nd annual Big Band Jam -- held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Jazz on the Mall -- Part IV

Diamond Fuller, drummer for the Towson University Big Band, performs April 20 at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. The group was one of several performing in the 2nd annual Big Band Jam -- held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Jazz on the Mall -- Part V

Sean Warren, an alto saxophonist with the Towson University Big Band, performs April 20 at the Sylvan Theater at the National Mall. The group was one of several bands performing in the 2nd annual Big Band Jam -- held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Jazz on the Mall -- Part VI

Mike Metzger, a sorprano saxophonist with the Towson University Big Band, performs April 20 at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall. The group was part of the 2nd annual Big Band Jam, held in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month -- an annual event sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tools Practice -- Part I

Mike Needham watches his hit during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week. They are currently 1-0.

Tools Practice -- Part II

Chris Paolucci narrowly avoids being tagged out by Adam Salmon at third base during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tools Practice -- Part III

Jermaine Davis eyes a pitch during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tools Practice -- Part IV

Michelle Muccio fouls out during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tools Practice -- Part V

Derek Hunter prepares to hit during an April 19 fielding practice of the Capitlist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tools Practice -- Part VI

Scott Parkinson warms up during an April 19 practice of the Capitlist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools resume their season against other think tank teams next week.

Tools Practice -- Part VII

Miles Workman watches his hit during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tools Practice -- Part VIII

Brian Phillips runs for home plate during an April 19 practice of the Capitalist Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team. The Tools' season against other think tank teams resumes next week.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Freedom Song

Grammy award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams performs in an Emancipation Day event at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on April 17. Emancipation Day celebrates the anniversary of when Abraham Lincoln freed slaves living in the District of Columbia.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Are Taxes Stretching Your Budget?

Federal taxes are due today for most people. I hope your payment for the federal budget doesn't stretch your personal budget too much!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

At The Sculpture Garden

One of the advantages to living in Washington, D.C., is all the art available for viewing at the National Mall. On Saturday, I visited the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and took photos of some of the works there. They are posted below for your enjoyment.

"The Great Warrior of Montauban" -- Part I

By Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

"The Great Warrior of Montauban" -- Part II

By Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

"The Great Warrior of Montauban" -- Part III

By Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

"Nymph" -- Part I

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"Nymph" -- Part II

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"Nymph" -- Part III

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"Action In Chains" -- Part I

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"Action In Chains" -- Part II

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"Action In Chains" -- Part III

By Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

"King and Queen" -- Part I

By Henry Moore (1898-1986)

"King and Queen" -- Part II

By Henry Moore (1898-1986)

"King and Queen" -- Part III

By Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Capitol Jungle

I took this shot about a year ago while heading back to the office from another assignment. I noticed the density of the brush and, looking at it from this angle, I thought the Capitol Dome looked like some jungle ruin.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Capitalist Tools Win Season Opener -- Part I

Derek Hunter, first baseman for the Capitalist Tools, gets a runner out during the team's season opener on April 12. The Tools, The Heritage Foundation's softball team, beat the International Republican Institute 15-10.