E Pluribus Unum

The Apotheosis of WashingtonThe Apotheosis of Washington is the fresco painted by Greek-Italian artist Constantino Brumidi in 1865 and visible through the oculus of the dome in the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building. The fresco is suspended 180 feet (55 m) above the rotunda floor and covers an area of 4,664 square feet (433.3 m2). The figures painted are up to 15 feet (4.6 m) tall and are visible from the floor below.  Upside down above Washington is the banner E Pluribus Unum meaning “out of many, one”.

Hope for spring…

Hope for Spring A Nest Above The Capitol
A nest above The Capitol.
The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants. 

Fifteen minutes of foam…

Andy's 15 minutes of foam
This trinket was in the gift shop at The National Gallery of Art.
The National Gallery of Art, and its attached Sculpture Garden, is a national art museum in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction.

Even the cars are red…

Even the cars are red in Washington DC
Even the cars are red in Washington, DC shown here on Independence Ave between The Capitol and The Rayburn Building. The Rayburn House Office Building, completed in early 1965, is the third of three office buildings constructed for the United States House of Representatives. 

Clear Backpacks

Wall of WonderAt the wall of wonder – the signs strewn in view of the White House as women, men, and children showed their concerns. Into the evening the wall kept growing.  Despite what people said about security and the importance of transparency, the see-through back-packs were a fashion statement. No security check-points were up.

White House wall

The wall of signs in front of the White HouseAs night fell on the Women’s March of January 21, 2017, marchers continued for several more hours to leave their signs in the shape of a wall in view of the White House.  The Women’s March had an attendance of a reported 1.2 million women, children and men.

Inauguration Handshake over the divide

Handshake

Ten minutes after the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President of the United States, two women had words.”I am here to protest,” said Erika Hoel of Seattle, Washington, clad in her “pussy hat”.
“Why don’t you take a picture of someone who’s not here to protest?”
said Laura Leppert, Trump supporter from Dallas Texas.
“I am here to photograph and hear everyone’s opinion.” said Oregon photojournalist Janice Pierce.  
“How about a photograph together?”  And so the two women shook hands beside the press podium as security looked on.