Here is one picture of the Omni hotel in downtown Austin and the other is of a wayward pleasure-craft on Lake Austin.
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I found this unusual area in Washington DC that had a series of quirky mirrored pyramids. I walked around and around with my big black backpack looking for interesting shots and I am pretty sure security thought I was a terrorist. Whenever they looked at me strange, I would yell out “Praise Allah!” and then they would just back off…
After I left the Washington Monument, I took a long walk around the tidal basin to see the Jefferson Memorial then went around to the FDR Monument. The latter was really cool and I had never seen it before. It was a series of waterfalls over granite and a bunch of FDR’s quotes etched into the walls, all of which look rather Marxist in retrospect (Freedom from want… etc.).
It was about 1 AM when I got to this memorial and Ii was all alone, except for a rather well-dressed man, although he was without pants, wading through the bottom of the waterfall. At first, I thought he was drunk, but then I realized he was gathering up coins with his feet before bending down to get them. When he saw me, he screamed and scampered off into the night dropping coins right and left. It was a really surreal scene, but funny.
In these two pictures, you can see some of the versatility of HDR photography during dusk and in the middle of the day. These were both taken around Austin. The second one was taken in a tiny town in front of an old firehouse just north of Lake Travis.
Here are some more of Monty’s toys that I grabbed pictures of a few weeks ago. I looked back in my Flickr and realized I forgot to post them. They are super-over saturated, but that is interesting to me because of how unsaturated and super-white Monty looks in bright sunlight.
I took this picture at midnight on the mall. All the flags were at half-mast and I don’t know why. DC tends to lower the flags for almost any reason nowadays. I think now they lower it automatically for a week whenever a Kennedy goes into rehab.