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THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL AND THE TIDAL BASIN

This is a second posting from the Cherry Blossoms Festival in Washington, that commenced on March 31st at the Tidal Basin. I had elaborated about the festival and these beautiful trees when I submitted the earlier image. To recapitulate, the Tidal Basin is a large man-made pond to handle the overflow in high tides on the Potomac River. Around it are a number of very beautiful memorials to great Presidents in United States History. There is the 167 meter (555-foot) Washington Monument, resembling a colossal obelisk, and celebrating the first President of the United States.

There is also the F.D.Roosevelt Memorial, the newest of the monuments built around the Basin. In fact, it was from the grounds of the latter that I shot this image of the Jefferson Memorial. Its shape is evocative of Jefferson’s own design for the Rotunda Building at the University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded, and which had been inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. (That connection makes the Jefferson Memorial the "grandson" of the Pantheon.) Situated at the southern periphery of the Tidal Basin, it houses a 5.2 m-tall standing statue of the third President, Thomas Jefferson.

I took the photo on March 30, the day before the festival, knowing that these grounds would be subjected to a human deluge on March 31, when the festival commenced. It is a hand-held shot with a Nikon D-70. Mounted on the camera was an 18-70 mm Nikkor lens, with a 67-mm circular polarizing filter.

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