Happy 4th July, American Friends


Happy memories of street clicks in Washington DC.

The 45 words that form the cornerstone of Democracy , rendered larger than life in a 74 foot-tall marble tablet at the entrance to the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

The 45 words that form the cornerstone of Democracy , rendered larger than life in a 74 foot-tall marble tablet at the entrance to the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

I was lucky to have a friend Delores Boyer, who would check what was on, and guide me to see Washington. As she drove, I clicked when she stopped at a traffic light or just through the window.

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Over the years, she introduced me to several exhibitions, museums, guiding me through a mind boggling array of art work and sculpture.

For a museum freak like me some pieces remain engraved in my memory.  Degas little ballerina is an eternal favourites. So many years later  it still stirs such emotions as you see this statue and read the story behind the work . …

“At the sixth impressionist exhibition in the spring of 1881, Edgar Degas presented the only sculpture that he would ever exhibit in public. The Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, the title given by the artist, has become one of the most beloved works of art, well known through the many bronze casts produced from this unique original statuette after the artist’s death.”

Degas 14 year old little ballerina. Photographs© Chulie de Silva @ National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. May 2008

Degas 14 year old little ballerina. Photographs© Chulie de Silva @ National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. May 2008

And then there was the famous Dale Chihuly’s glass boat.

Chihuly Glass on a boat Botanical Gardens, Washington. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Chihuly Glass on a boat Botanical Gardens, Washington. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

The botanical gardens with spring flowers in bloom was such a treat.

Connecting across the globe -- A charming lady I stopped to chat at the Botanical Gardens. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Connecting across the globe — A charming lady I stopped to chat at the Botanical Gardens. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Delores would sometimes sit and read, while I wandered around trying to capture the ambiance of a place.

National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

A favourite haunt — The National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Photograph © Chulie de Silva

Thanks to Delores and many of my other friends too for the great memories. Have a Happy 4th July!

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One thought on “Happy 4th July, American Friends

  1. What a treat to see these terrific photos on the 4th of July taken by my favorite visitor. Such fun memories. I’ve a long list of places to visit next trip.

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