Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for... Elephants and The Ellipse

Moving forward with the A to Z challenge, today's entry is brought to you by the letter E!







First up is the elephant in the Rotunda of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  This is an African elephant that stands in the middle of the foyer, greeting all the museum visitors when they first step in. It's pretty amazing and imposing, and it's the setting for a major scene in Deadly Contact :).
Isn't he pretty?
Next, let's take a look at the Ellipse, that large patch of green in front of the White House.  This is the location of the National Christmas tree (along with several other events), and there are monuments along the street.  One year when I was living here, the AIDS quilt came to the city, and several of the panels were spread out on the grounds of the Ellipse.
An aerial view of the Ellipse
Can you think of any other 'E' sites that I overlooked?

24 comments:

  1. Wow. That is quite a patch. And I bet much beloved by city dwellers. :)

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    1. It definitely gets used a lot! :)

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  2. The Emancipation Statue
    Embassy Row

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    1. I almost put in Embassy Row, but decided not to at the last minute :)

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  3. I didn't even know the second place existed, but maybe that's because I'm British and whenever we see pictures of the white house it's always cropped in close.

    Or you know I'm just stupid...haha.

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    1. Not stupid--you're right, they always crop the pictures.

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  4. I would like to go to the Smithsonian. It must be quite an amazing experience. I love museums so much I'll probably end up in one, hahaha.

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    1. If you love museums, I hope you make it to DC someday. The Mall is lined with Smithsonian museums, each focused on a different theme. It's amazing!

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  5. Both are huge and make an impact. I really have to go to the Smithsonian soon!

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  6. What a cool setting fir a scene! Hm...my only thought at the moment is the Empire State Building.

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  7. The East Wing of the White House ... but I'm guessing you don't get to see that unless you know the first lady.

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    1. True--never had the privilege, even on the Christmas tour! :)

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  8. Aww, I haven't been in that museum since I was a kid! I'd love to visit again.

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    1. Do you remember the elephant though?

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  9. Hey, I recognize that elephant, he's from my corner of the globe! LOL
    We have so many game reserves, and I get to see these beautiful animals "up close and personal"...

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    1. That must be amazing! I'd love to see one in their natural environment!

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    2. It's unbelievable...
      You have to experience it first hand!

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    3. It's on my 'dream vacation' list! :)

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  10. What great pictures, how cool.

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  11. Oh, my goodness! I'd forgotten the elephant! I saw it as a tot (maybe five years old). It's a tour de force!

    Diana at About myself, by myself…

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    1. It really leaves an impression! :)

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