Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WWII Memorial

" So here's to all the soldiers
Who have ever died in vain
The insane locked up in themselves
The homeless down on Main
To those who stand on empty shores
And spit against the wind
And those who wait forever
For ships that don't come in."

The WWII Memorial was very memorable and striking, the sun was in the perfect position to cast some great light and shadow on the memorial. As you can see, there were not too many people around, so we wandered all about and got some great shots.

Also, in DC, we went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, no photos as cameras are not allowed. However, I highly recommend it, if ever in DC. No matter how many times you visit, you will find something that strikes you. My first visit, the shoe room really hit home for me. My second visit, it was the hair room that took hold of me.

I always leave wondering how this can happen, and continue to happen today. Someday there will be a Darfur Memorial Museum. I have to say that the US response to the Jewish and other "non-desirables" plight in Nazi Germany is very similar to its stance today in Darfur. Let's ignore it, and see if it will go away.

Enough politics for today. In other news, I had a doctor confirm today that I am really sick. Now am on some meds. I have never taken codeine before, it knocks me out. I think it will help me get some sleep tonight. Am off work the rest of this week, as I have absolutely no voice left. A whisper is all I can do at this point. Try talking to a hard of hearing patient with only a whisper. Not so good. It looks like my first stop of the travel nurse career will be....drumroll please....... Pueblo Colorado.
I am awaiting my contract to arrive in the mail, but it seems like a good fit for me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Favorite Monument photo

I have several photos of the Washington Monument, most are your typical touristy shots. This one turned out to be my ultimate favorite one of the monument. I was just trying something "artsy" with the tree in the foreground, but it ended up looking pretty sweet. The sky was a perfect blue, and it transferred to the photo well. I think it's the lines of the tree intermixed with the lines of the monument that I enjoy the most.

Monday, January 28, 2008


This past week, I traveled to Washington DC for a few days of touristy stuff! It was an amazing trip with lots of interesting sites and stories. For my first post, I decided to go with probably one of the most unique grates I have ever seen. These were found at the WWII memorial. I know that most people do not look down to notice such a nice detail. However, detail in the planning and construction of this amazing memorial made it memorable. I will post more soon. Upon returning from DC, I got incredibly sick and am still recovering. Also in full job search mode. I had a phone interview today for a job in Colorado, and have some interesting prospects in Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana. I do not know what it would be like to live some 30 miles north of the Arctic circle, but I may find out! Who wants to visit me there?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I lied

I lied, I do have a picture to post today. It was taken this evening at sunset from the parking lot at Target with a well placed bush.

unknown future

No photo today. Just a quick update! I have been very busy recently trying to get everything together with moving, finding a new job, and working. I have slacked off a bit, but will soon be back in full force. I have not taken a photo in a while, but plan to this week, as I am headed to DC to visit some museums.

It snowed here again, and was very pretty, however I had to work and did not get any photos before it became all gray and melty. So sad.

I have applied for several travel companies with jobs posted out west. Still looking for the right fit for me.

Bought a new book yesterday, titled "120 Most Scenic Drives", plan to use it when going from assignment to assignment.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The year of the turtle

I have seen many blogs dedicated to the end of 2007, so I figured I would put my two cents in the hat. My year was one of professional growth, I spent the year learning to do my job really well. I spent the year paying off the debts I acquired while in school. I am almost credit card debt free! An amazing feat, if I do say so myself! So, now I am sure you are wondering why it was the year of the turtle and how my photo applies?

I am the turtle, going as fast as I can to get to the point were I can travel. (See Petroglyphs post.) Because I am a turtle, I am slow by nature. It took a year and a few months to cross the road, find my new home, and get on with life. It also applies, because I have a hard outer shell to protect me, and to hide behind to save myself from the sorts of bad things that life throws at you. Luckily, I haven't had to hide too much. Life was kind to me this year.

Yes, this is very philosophical/earthy thinking....but give me a break, its 0100.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

drift trees

I have always liked the layout of this photo taken on the Olympic Peninsula. I find that the immediate foreground makes you feel at the beach, and the distant ray of light draws your eyes in. The shape of the drift trees remind of the Michael Jackson video for "Thriller". Yes, random I know, but it just looks like the hands in the air off to the side.

This is also another gem of a color photo that gives off a black and white look due to the weather. Again, did not like at first but it grew on me.