Category Archives: D.C.

A Capitol Fourth

We thought we’d secured a great view from the top steps of the Supreme Court, but the weather kept the fireworks so low that nothing was visible. So we walked to the north side of the Capitol, and were barely able to see the fireworks against the Washington Monument. These images have the bright light from the Capitol concert on the top, and also show the American flag at the Capitol, and are taken through the rain spots on the lens.

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Union Station brings out its huge flags for several holidays. This photo is taken right after the fireworks, as we went back to the Union Station Metro.

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Rehoboth fireworks

It was cold and there was light rain before the fireworks started, but it was still a great show to watch while sitting in the sand.

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Towards the end, a young woman stood up and was trying to position her glow stick to make it appear that the fireworks came out of it. The crowd was not happy that she was blocking the view, although it made for a couple of interesting photos.

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Final Decision

On the last scheduled decision day at the Supreme Court, there was a large crowd awaiting the outcome of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.  The crowd was about evenly split between pro-choice and pro-life supporters:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Many in the crowd were checking the scotusblog live blog to find out the decision:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

As soon as the crowd became aware of the 5-3 decision, there was jubilation on one side and great disappointment on the other:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

DAPA, opinion day

These photos were taken at the Supreme Court just before the decision was announced, a divided Court that left the injunction intact.DAPA

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DaPA

DAPA

DaPA

I didn’t take any photos after the decision was announced because I didn’t want to intrude on the pain of the demonstrators.

Supreme Court – anticipating decisions

There are only a couple more days on which the Supreme Court will announce decisions for this term, so there were large crowds in front of the court demonstrating for two cases – although it turned out that neither of the cases was decided on Monday. There’s no rule as to who gets to demonstrate where, but the demonstrators generally manage to peacefully self-sort into groups. On the north side of the Court, there were demonstrators for DAPA:
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DAPA

The larger crowd was for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, with many demonstrators from both pro-choice and pro-life groups:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Strawberry Moon

Last night’s Strawberry Moon was a rare sight, occurring on the same day as the summer solstice. The last time that happened was 1967, and it won’t happen again until 2062. It was magical to watch it rise from the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon

Soapbox Derby

The Greater Washington Soapbox Derby Association held its annual soapbox derby race on June 18th, on Constitution Avenue by the Capitol. It’s a two-block downhill stretch, with racers coming to a gradual halt when the road becomes flat. Since the area is under the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police, it requires a Congressional resolution each year in order to run. The winners in each category go the the soapbox national competition in Akron.
Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby