Sunday, October 14, 2012

Prepping for Inauguration and A Favorite Tree No More

After the almost freezing temps this weekend, it was time to get out and enjoy the warm sunshine. After breakfast we headed towards the Capitol, past the house office buildings and the Botanic Garden. The Capitol grounds are now all fenced off, and the scaffolding, trucks, equipment and supplies are spread about waiting to play their part in the building of the inauguration grand stage. It must be somewhat frustrating for the tourists not to be able to explore and climb the steps facing the west lawn. I saw a van stop and the driver mouthed the word WOW after shooting a picture. I can't say we ever take for granted that we live so close to one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. But I was so disheartened to see that my favorite tree no longer exists on the east side, except for the stump. It had such character! Hopefully it will be replaced by another just like it, but that will be hard to come by, as is true with anything that old with a history. One can only imagine what passed by this spot that was graced by such a beauteous thing. It's been a sad weekend after the Nationals lost such a heartbreaker. I feel the same way about that tree.

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