Washington DC, again

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I got my wish…   more art and nature (instead of war and killing).  Today was a free day.  They offered a bus ride into Washington, DC and dropped us off at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  I walked over to the Museum of Art.  I thought it might be a good idea to join the 11am tour about rediscovering the Museum of Art.  However, when he took us to the only Da Vinci in the building and spent 15 minutes of a 60 minute tour talking about it, I decided I wanted to see more than 4 pieces of art.

I only saw a small portion of this huge museum, and here are some of the paintings that caught my eye.  Maybe they caught my eye because I recognized them, but I could see why they were popular because of their color and composition compared with the others.

“Young Girl Reading” by Jean Honore Fragonard
“Self Portrait” by Vincent Van Gogh
“Child in a Straw Hat” by Mary Cassatt
“The Artist’s Garden at Vetheuil” by Claude Monet
“A Girl with a Watering Can” by Auguste Renoir
“Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen” by Claude Monet

I liked the color palette for the following painting.  It would make for a peaceful bedroom.

“Winter Harmony” by John Henry Twachtman
“Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth” by Martin Johnson Heade

I wonder if the artist got that dog to pose for this picture.

“White Poodle in a Punt” by George Stubbs

I love the expression on this girl’s face.

“Girl with a Shell” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

I headed back over to the Museum of Natural History to catch the bus back to the campground.  One thing that’s different than any of my previous visits to DC was the food trucks.  They lined the streets and were parked so close their bumpers touched.  They were a rainbow of colors and sold mostly ice cream and bubble tea.  Annoying.

I guess they keep you from jay-walking.
This Easter Island statue greeted me at the door of the Natural History Museum.
The huge elephant dominated the main hall of Natural History.
Turtle skeleton.
Swordfish skeleton.
This was barkcloth. I liked the patterns. It reminds me of quilting and fabrics.
This jellyfish was over 20 feet tall.

We were in DC from 9am to 3pm.  I walked 4-5 miles the last 4 days in a row, and am so sore and tired.  I am looking forward to traveling tomorrow so that I can rest my legs.  And I’m mentally tired as well.

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