I had a chance to visit Washington DC a few days before Thanksgiving. I spent a lot of time there as a kid. My dad grew up in the city and we used to go regularly to visit my grandparents. Since they are no longer there, I don’t have as much occasion to go and I miss it. It’s such a beautiful and dynamic city, filled with incredible art, culture, history and people doing interesting things (both in and out of politics). I love the architecture and landscape in particular — such a different world from the Southern California scenery where I spend most of my time. Late November was an exceptionally nice time to be there with a chill in the air, clear winter light in the sky and color in the trees and carpeting the ground. With only two days in the city, I spent most of my time in the National Mall, visiting some monuments I had not seen in years and others I had never seen before, including: the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, the Viet Nam War Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. In the background, the Capitol and the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials were ever-present features of the landscape.
I have far too many photos for a single post. Here are just a few beautiful trees aflame with fall color. Photos of the monuments and memorials to follow at another time (because, really, trees come first — at least for me).