Wednesday, March 4, 2009

STL DPB On The Road: At The Lincoln Memorial In Washington DC

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After my plane got in Monday afternoon, I went to the Lincoln Memorial. I don't think I've been there in 20 years. Even cynical old me found it quite moving. It is, without doubt, a temple, devoted to one enormous god, the man who was instrumental in keeping our nation from cracking in half. Abraham sits in his great stone chair year after year, gazing down the Mall at the Washington Monument and the Capitol. How do you read his expression - quiet, intense observation? Or is there just a touch of anger in those eyes?

TOMORROW:
Thursday Arch Series or a real live United States Senator? Tell me your preference.


10 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Nice shots! Upon reflection, I don't see anger but some for of lassitude, maybe contempt.

Olivier said...

moi personnellement, je suis fan de la série sur l'arche ;o).
J'aime bien la première photo sur Lincoln
me personally, I am fan of series on the ark ;o). I like the first photograph well on Lincoln

Virginia said...

Lord, Pres. Lincoln has had to sit there all these years and watch the foolishness going on in that capitol building. I think he'd have a lot to say about it if he only could! Bring on the Arch and the Senator. We can handle it!
V

Nancy said...

I see wisdom in his yes. I adore Mr President Lincoln.

Have a wonderful trip. I'd like to go there some day.

Give my best to President Obama!

U "R" Us said...

He does have a remarkable expression. I see indignation perhaps? And look at those powerful, clenched hands!

Dan Jaboor said...

Big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight 'til they're burger.

Nathalie said...

Why does your top photo seem out of focus to me? Do I need new glasses or was it done on purpose?

A reminder of your country's values and foundations is always timely, whenever it comes. Wonderful post.

I loved reading about your blogger's meeting in Washington DC too.

Bibi said...

As I child I was always attracted by Honest Abe, and still am. I agree with Virginia's comments!

Snapper said...

Bob, you amaze me. Posting from the road. And not just quickie snaps but beautiful, well-conceived and well-executed photographs. Hats off to you!

Jilly said...

Imprressive. I'd love to see this in reality and I know I'd cry. I see in his face strength and patience - a look in which he seems to know he has to 'save' his children, as it were and he's got to put up with their foibles. Love it.