The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 5/1 – 5/3/2009

Photo courtesy of
‘Swings #9’
courtesy of ‘andertho’

Happy Monday, DC. This weekend was mostly grey, and a little soggy. Had I not had guests in town, I would have been happy to snuggle up with our cat and watch a Sex and the City marathon.  It was just one of those.  But happy for us,  you all resisted the lethargy and still got out there with your cameras, bless your hearts! From the wedding that closed down the streets, early Cinco de Mayo celebrations, to the Embassy open houses, our flickrattzi captured the weekend in a fantastic fashion. Continue reading

The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 4/24 – 4/26/2009

Photo courtesy of
‘Kids in the Air’ courtesy of ‘M.V. Jantzen’

Hey! Where did Spring go??? It feels like Winter not only overstayed its welcome, it booted out Spring and let Summer in the back door.

Nonetheless, I was amazed at the sheer volume of photos our intrepid readers dumped into our Flickr pool over the weekend. Astounding! And you guys were BUSY! I guess the summer-like heat didn’t keep many indoors; I think we all needed to get outside, regardless of the surprise heatwave.

The great peeps over at Capital Weather tell us that Spring is sneaking back in and clobbering Summer starting on Wednesday, under the cover of rain. Well, I guess we’ll take what we can get, right?

Meantimes, enjoy the awesome spread of weekend happenings, captured by our awesome photo-readers. Enjoy!

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The Daily Feed

A Photographic heads-up

Photo courtesy of
courtesy of ‘volcanojw’

If you’re a photographer planning to submit anything to the Smithsonian’s current photo contest, make sure you’re okay with the fine print. Carolyn Wright of the excellent Photo Attorney blog makes  a habit of pointing out the fine print in photo contest agreements and she observes that the one for Smithsonian Magazine requires you to surrender full use of the photo in perpetuity, including for their commercial purposes. That includes derivative works, so you could end up in a composite or have your shot radically edited.

There’s nothing wrong with that if you’re cool with it, but realize going in that you’re going to receive between $0 and $500 in exchange for their right to use and/or ‘remix’ that photo, forever. You’ll still own it though, unlike if you submit it to Oprah.

All Politics is Local, The Daily Feed

Tea Party at Lafayette Park

Photo courtesy of
‘Tea Party in DC’ (courtesy ‘skye820’)

In addition to Tax Day, today is the official Fox News/Freedom Works “Tea Party” Day, when thousands, nay, millions of outraged conservatives who do not know what teabagging really means will descend on DC to protest taxes, because a Keynesian stimulus package and a ~3% increase in the marginal tax rate for the super-rich marks the end of the Republic as we know it. Updates and pics after the jump: Continue reading

The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 4/10 – 4/12/2009

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‘The Cruel Bird of Spring that No One Knows’ courtesy of ‘andertho’

Welcome back to the work week; hope you didn’t stuff yourselves too full of chocolaty, sugary goodness over the holiday (or non-holiday, if you’re inclined).

The Cherry Blossom Festival is now in the past, having closed out with a ‘bang’ (that’d be the usual festival-ending fireworks); maybe now we’ll get a little peace before our ‘second wave’ of tourists hit in mid-May. Time to get out and about to enjoy our mid-Atlantic springtime – provided we can get out of these chilly mornings!

A quick look at the weekend as captured by you. Continue reading

The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 3/20 – 3/22/09

Photo courtesy of quinnums
They make a big deal about the cherry blossoms and spring here in DC, courtesy of quinnums

In case you had no doubt, spring is finally here in DC. Hope you all were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and the end of winter’s grasp. From the photos I saw in Flickr, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in the area, sampling everything from concerts to the circus to museums to the opening buds of the cherry blossoms.

Fair warning: we’ll be having a lot of cherry blossom photos over the next few weeks, since it is arguably one of the best times to photograph DC. And it never gets old.

Meantimes, enjoy the sampling of shots from our area photogs from this past weekend! Continue reading

Foggy Bottom, Life in the Capital, The Daily Feed

Goodbye to the Rock Creek Parkway Pedestrian Crossing Button Moat

Button Moat IMG_0185

Much gratitude to DC DDOT for paving over what I affectionately call “The Button Moat” around the pedestrian crossing button at Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Ave NW in Foggy Bottom. (Bigger before-and-after-pictures after the jump.) Continue reading

The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 3/6 – 3/8/09

Photo courtesy of Gogonaş
Flags at the monument, courtesy of Gogonaş

Less than a week after “snowpocalypse 2009” we welcomed with wide open arms the first taste of spring. That, and suffering the loss of a precious hour of rest.

While we’re still looking at a chilly week ahead, it’ll be a snap compared to the cold we dealt with last week. Only a little bit longer, DC, before the cherry blossoms appear and spring takes a firm hold on the area.

Meantimes, here’s a smattering of what all of you were up to over this glorious weekend… Continue reading

The Features, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 2/27 – 3/2/09

Photo courtesy of mindgutter
North by East West, courtesy of mindgutter

No, you read that right – the title of this week’s flashback does include today. Because you know, it’s a surprise three-day weekend for some (Not me. Boo!) and there are already some great Snowpocalypse ’09 photos showing up in our Flickr pool. (Which, if you’ve not submitted any, what are you waiting for?)

The cold caught some of us by surprise, but by and large, didn’t kill anyone’s plans. Lots going on in the city, and you guys were out in force! So here’s an extra-large edition of the Flashback, chronicling the varied tastes of all our awesome area residents and regional visitors.

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Life in the Capital, The Features, The Great Outdoors, Weekend Flashback

Photo Flashback: Snow Edition

Photo courtesy of
‘Berries in snow…’
courtesy of ‘Roger Photos’

The WLDC Flickr pool has been abuzz with pictures of the snow. I listed snow-covered DC as one of the things I am most thankful for, and so it was my pleasure to comb through the great photos our flickratzi have submitted over the past 24 hours, and pulled some to post. So click on through to take a tour of our gorgeous city in the snow. Continue reading

Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 1/23 – 1/25/09

Photo courtesy of thisisbossi
2008 01 18 – 0327-0332 – Washington DC – Tidal Basin, courtesy of thisisbossi

This past weekend started out giving us hope for spring before diving back down again to…winter weather advisories for the week. However, metro area residents were out enjoying a variety of events across the region. From Chinese dancing to zoo animals to monster truck rallies, here’s a snapshot of what you all were up to…

Remember, when you take photos of our area, drop them into our photo group!

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Life in the Capital, Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 1/2 – 1/4/2009

Photo courtesy of trentroche
IMG_4071, courtesy of trentroche

Happy 2009!

Yes, I’m a few days late. I hope your celebrations weren’t too disruptive to your weekend frolicking. From what I’ve seen on Flickr, it seems that everyone was out and about in the area, despite the chilly air.

We’ll be announcing our Holiday Photo Contest winner and runner-up later this week, so stay peeled to We LoveDC! In the meantime, we’ve got museums, metro, cupcakes and Caps for this Monday’s flashback. Please visit these photographers’ flickr streams; some have some great info on their photos. Also let them know you saw their shot right here on Weekend Flashback.

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All Politics is Local, The Daily Feed, WTF?!

White Obama on Metro Billboard

Dental Ad on Metro with Obama Lookalike
Originally uploaded by brownpau

I was about to comment on this earlier but Life Outtacontext beat me to it: doesn’t this guy in a stock photo on the DC Dental Spa billboard ad in various Metro stations look just like a white version of Barack Obama? I do a double-take everytime I see it.

The Great Outdoors

We Love Foliage

Photo courtesy of Oblivious Dude

Hillside, courtesy of Oblivious Dude

Every change of season I think to myself “leaves are sneaky.”

It’s equally possible I’m just obtuse, but I suspect it’s a flavor of oblivious that a lot of us share. The changes are so gradual that we don’t notice till something forces us to become aware. Every year I look up one winter day and suddenly notice that the stand of trees no longer prevents me from seeing what’s behind it.  The leaves didn’t all fall off at once, but it certainly seems that way. In the spring I’m equally surprised when I realize my view cuts off suddenly in a shaded green.

Fall is equally surprising but more enjoyable. Suddenly all those leaves that have been turning one by one catch my notice in a collection of color. Driving to work today along Braddock road was a kaleidoscopic adventure. I didn’t stop to take any shots but lots of other people have been doing so. Below is a lovely shot that dionhinchcliffe got this weekend in Rock Creek. Check below the fold for more.

Photo courtesy of dionhinchcliffe

Beautiful shot of the old stone bridge on Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park on our hike today, courtesy of dionhinchcliffe

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