Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and Fountain Interior

Night time photography gives everything a different appeal than the daylight. Walking around Hermann Park at night is a treat, though I wouldn’t recommend doing it alone. I’m glad I returned to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and Fountain after dark, as it had more interest than earlier that evening.
 

I'm glad I returned to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and Fountain after dark, as it had more interest than earlier that evening. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Fields of Gold

One song that I have always liked is “Fields of Gold, by Sting. Anytime I hear that song, I get a mental picture of wheat or barley fields with the setting sunlight shining through.

Not growing up in that part of the country, I can’t say that I’ve seen that for myself. About the closest I’ve come is a tall, Texas grass field on a hot summer’s evening.
 

About the closest I've come to a field of gold, is a tall, Texas grass field on a hot summer's evening. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Presidential Retreat

When the President is not at the White House, he can sometimes be found at the country retreat, Camp David. Also known as known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, it is located in wooded hills about 62 miles north-northwest of Washington, DC. 

But even while away, a president needs an office. This office is from President George Bush that was moved to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Though looking a bit dated by today’s standard, I’m sure it was top-notch in its day.
 

This office from Camp David for President George Bush that was moved to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Grand Staircase

I’ve mentioned before that the Library of Congress is one of my favorite buildings to visit. It’s not that there is a lot of exhibits to see or things to do, but the architecture and artwork is a feast for the eyes. At every turn there is a view to impress visitors of all ages. If I return at some point, I need to block time to set my camera down and appreciate it in person more than my last visit. Yes, I would like to photograph more angles, more closeups and such, but I hope to “take it in” more than my last visit.

This is one of the staircases off the main atrium of the Jefferson Building. Here are a few other images from the Library of Congress.
 

This is one of the beautiful staircases off the main atrium of the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Looking Up

When you visit downtown in any large city, there is one thing you are guaranteed to do. Look up. You can’t help it. It’s okay, everyone does it. The newer the city, the more you have to bend your neck to see to the top of the buildings. And in most cases, the more interesting the architecture. It seems recently and many of the new buildings are lighting up in such a fashion that makes them stand out from the others. I’m all for it, as it adds more interest to what might otherwise be a visual stack of blocks.

This view of downtown Houston is just a small slice of a growing skyline in the fourth largest city in the U.S. The guitar marks the Hard Rock Cafe.
 

Phantom Resurrection

When you walk through a museum, most items look brand new or near flawless, and many are. But when it comes to large exhibits like warplanes, most were used for a full service life and some may have even been heavily damaged. It is through the many long hours of restoration and rebuilding that they slowly return to a like-new apprearance. Most of it is cosmetic, though some collectors may go the extra mile and return them to full flight status.

This F4 Phantom is undergoing some painting on the lower deck of the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. Most of these restorations are performed by dedicated volunteers, many who served in the military and possibly worked with such airplanes.
 

This F4 Phantom is undergoing some painting on the lower deck of the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. Many such restorations are done by dedicated volunteers, many who served in the military and possibly worked with such airplanes. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

Agriculture at Buckingham Palace

Today, Buckingham Palace was the site for the formal birth announcement for the new royal baby boy born today. Obviously, the crowds were much greater there today than it was last year, when this was taken. On any day though, there is quite a crowd of onlookers and tourists.

This statue of a lion and a woman with a sickle, representing Agriculture, is found on Victoria Memorial just in front of Buckingham Palace. This statue and others are part of the Queen’s Garden between the palace and the mall. I’m not sure I was supposed to climb as high as I did here, but it did get a good perspective and I didn’t get arrested.
 

This statue of a lion and a woman with a sickle, representing Agriculture, is found on Victoria Memorial just in front of Buckingham Palace. This statue and others are part of the Queen's Garden between the palace and the mall. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.