Tuesday, July 31, 2007

street level

Fairfax Drive and N Randolph Street, after a nighttime rainstorm.

Monday, July 30, 2007

need a ride?

Canopy over the escalators down to the Ballston Metro station.

Friday, July 27, 2007

iwo jima 1

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. The statue is based on a photograph taken during the battle of Iwo Jima, during World War II--original photo taken by Joe Rosenthal, an Associated Press photographer. Rosenthal's photo was taken as Marines raised a flag after taking Mount Suribachi on 23 February 1945.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

parkway 4: reflections

Pedestrian bridge over part of Boundary Channel, north of the Columbia Island marina.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Atrium at Ballston Common Mall.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

scrape the sky

Rosslyn, across from Crandal Mackey Park, N Lynn and 19th Streets.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

accio crowd!

Just a few of the 1200+ people who showed up at my neighborhood chain bookstore to get their Harry Potter at midnight.

Friday, July 20, 2007

parkway 3: wind in the willows

Taken near Memorial Bridge on the GW Parkway, looking northeast toward DC.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

cupid's garden, 4 of 4

Last one, I swear. :) I'm just fascinated by this sculpture!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

cupid's garden, 3 of 4

Cupid's Garden, detail 2 of 3

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

cupid's garden, 2 of 4

Cupid's garden, detail.

I'm not crazy about the grainy quality, but I like the light and the lines.

Tomorrow's update may be a little late, as I will be out of town for a funeral. Though I hear rumors about my mother having finally bought a new computer and high-speed access to go with it. Otherwise it's Kinko's for me. ;)

Monday, July 16, 2007

cupid's garden, 1 of 4

My apologies for the blurriness. Couldn't have better evidence that (a) I need a better camera more practice with digital pic-taking at night, and (b) I drink too much coffee. I've tweaked the brightness and contrast a little to save some part of readers' retinas. I really like how energetically the light plays on this sculpture--every passing car causes a different effect.

The others in this series are better, I swear. Figured I might as well end on a high note.

Christopher Gardner
Cupid's Garden
Median at intersection of Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards between N. Nash and N. Oak Streets, Arlington, VA 22209
Rosslyn Metro
25' x 60' x 12'
stainless steel

Sunday, July 15, 2007


RIP Maria McNamara, 11 January 2000-14 July 2007.

Peace to you and yours, Sunshine. Your light still shines.

(photo taken off the GW Parkway near Memorial Bridge)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

parkway 2: riverview

Got lucky on this one--since it hasn't rained in a while, the Potomac River isn't it's often-photographed muddy brown.

Taken just off GW Parkway near Lady Bird Johnson Park. The arched bridge is Memorial Bridge, which spans the Potomac between Arlington National Cemetery and DC. The cluster of skyscrapers is Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood, a business/residential neighborhood with galleries and museums (and Deep Throat's Watergate parking garage--but more on that later). Rosslyn is just across the Potomac from Georgetown.

Friday, July 13, 2007

parkway 1: bright sunshine-y day.

Couldn't have been brighter or sunshine-ier today. Gorgeous day to be out and about on what you might call an extended lunch break that my boss probably wasn't too happy about. What can I say, I got distracted. ;)

Taken at the LBJ Memorial Grove, on the border of Arlington and the District of Columbia, along George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

introduction to arlington

It's not the best picture I've ever taken of Arlington (though hopefully my wanting to get this posted before work so I didn't miss my very first "real" day photoblogging can be some sort of excuse--that and the haziness today).

For all it's non-greatness, the photo does sort of give you an idea of where Arlington is relative to the nation's capital, though--my apartment, which is near the last Arlington stop on Metro's Orange Line, is about 7 miles west of the Washington Monument.

There are certainly more interesting views of Arlington--hopefully I'll find some of those really soon. Like, tomorrow? ;) But I thought this was a good mix of old and new, and if Arlington is anything, it's a mix of old and new.