A warm and overcast day in Washington, DC gave us the perfect excuse for a photography walk. We started at Porter Street NW and rambled south on Connecticut Avenue, where it ends at Lafayette Square, across from the White House. Could we capture the changing streetscape in just 8 photos?
The walk started in a neighborhood filled with large apartment buildings and old, stately trees. When the avenue turned into a bridge, we stopped and enjoyed the view: Beach Drive, Rock Creek, and the Rock Creek Park Trail.
We passed the very large Chinese Embassy Housing Complex which is under construction and almost missed the modest Embassy of Malta.
As we approached a bus shelter we saw the sign: “YOU ARE HERE.” Yes, we were.
Connecticut Avenue wraps around Dupont Circle and we followed a family heading for the Circle. The father lifted the little boy out of the stroller and watched as he toddled off to the fountain to join other children playing. Typical Washingtonians, the family wore black and dark colors.
Just south of the Circle, we popped into “Proper Topper” for a look. We almost always have found something we loved there and this time was no exception. Joe spotted the perfect winter woolen hat for Beth, but, when we looked at the price tag of $142, we carefully placed it back on the shelf.
Homeless people and those looking for a handout frequent Connecticut Avenue.
Large apartment buildings lined the avenue when our walk started, but, as we moved further south toward downtown, they were replaced by smaller boutique shops. Jewels and chocolate can be purchased on this block.
Connecticut Avenue ends in Lafayette Square at the statue of Casimir Pulaski, who fought with those seeking independence in the Revolutionary War. The square borders the White House, almost visible through the trees.
At the end of the 3.5 mile walk, we talked about all the snapshots we missed taking: the car traffic speeding through the tunnel under Dupont Circle; the homeless man sleeping in the doorway; the massive apartment buildings at the beginning of the walk; the National Zoo entrance. Still, we think this selection of photos paints a rough sketch of the avenue.
We’re inspired to replicate this photography exercise on our next international trip in 2016: Quito, Lima, Buenos Aires. Will we do as well with cities we don’t know as with our former hometown?