These 20 sandstone Corinthian Columns were originally built as part of the U.S. Capitol Building's east portico in 1828. After the Civil War a larger and more ornate iron Capitol Dome was designed for the Capitol in 1866. Then in 1958 the Capitol Building was enlarged with a new east portico, requiring the removal of the Columns. Not until 1984 was a new home created for the Columns. Within the National Arboretum a reflecting pool was created and the original east portico steps served as a foundation for the Columns, including a rivulet of water descending into the pool.
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mesutilgim (87316) 2013-12-27 5:12
On thumbnail I was thinking it's somewhere in Greece or Western Anatıolia. But it's in Washington !
Nice view and nice relections on deep blue water of the pool.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Noel_Byrne (26105) 2013-12-27 5:52
Just like Mesut, when I saw this I thought of Greece or Rome, what a brilliant way to reuse these columns. I love the idea of placing them here purely as a folly, its worked perfectly. The reflecting pool is a beautiful touch too, twice the Corinthianism (??) for the same shot.
I love how you managed to capture the same deep blue tones in both the sky and the reflection, I find that impossible, one of the other always blows out.
Beautiful place and capture.
chrislo (4155) 2013-12-27 6:05
A splendid shot with beautifully saturated colours. The columns combined with the sky and the reflections really add to the surrealness of the scene. I like the way the reflected columns fade into the dark foreground. An outstanding compostion and a very pleasing result.
lousat (79772) 2013-12-27 8:57
Hi Ray,very original way to show us these columns,perfect choice of te moment with the best light to take the best reflections,impressive contrast between the columns and the blue sky,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ikeharel (60363) 2013-12-28 3:00
First Ray, let me say that the pic. is overwhelming for the reflection and technical details.
Since last time I visited DC was in 1978, and did not remember seeing those culumns, thought you made a relocation mistake - but reading the note clarified this matter.
Fine shot, have a nice weekend, and year-end.
kato (11630) 2013-12-28 15:38
You're capturing well this architecure by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see a lot of Corinthan Columns standing near the U.S. Capitol Building. It's grand and beautiful architecture. The whole is harmonized well by a good color combination. And, the reflection projected to the pool draws out a good effect. I did't notice this columns, although I have visited to Washington D.C. three times before.
Have a good Sunday!
fabbs99 (16803) 2013-12-28 19:35
Nice shot of the massive columns getting reflected in the still waters .Good sharpness and tight framing.Well captured.TFS.
eldancer1 (30034) 2013-12-29 7:29
I guess I miss this one when I visited D.C. long time ago. Nicely captured especially the reflections. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
nikkitta (15762) 2013-12-29 12:11
Of course me too believe it was d¿some ruins from Greece or Rome, how good to preserve them , making this park and fountain to reflect them
Your capture has so, a good perspective and contrast with sky and water
May be a croped vertical capture will be more efective, my idea?
Well done, congrats
fritzi007 (7548) 2014-03-19 15:08
very good photo and information, congratulations!
Very well done, TFS.