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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/13/2009

A Sunny Mother's Day in Arlington and Alexandria

By Ian Livingston

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U.S. Marine Corps Memorial and a plane departing National Airport under sunny skies.

My dad visited this weekend and we decided to spend Sunday seeing some local Virginia hot spots: The U.S. Air Force Memorial, U.S. Marine Corps Memorial and Old Town Alexandria. After what seemed like endless rain prior to this weekend, we were treated with a delightfully sunny Sunday. A pleasantly gusty wind from the northwest even created times of chill, especially in the shade.

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Photography is a good excuse to get outdoors and also an escape. This was the first Mother's Day since my mom passed away in January; I was eager to get out into the sun and clear my mind. She was always one of my biggest advocates (and lenders!) as I began to get interested in photography a few years back. She was artistic herself, so it seemed fitting to spend the day immersed in the beauty of life.

I tend to do most of my photo-taking on my own, but every now and then it's fun to have someone join for the adventure. Though I may have chosen a different time of day, photographers need to work with what they get (see #5) and I was happy with what I came away with. And in the end, spending quality time with family is as good or better than taking the "easier to please" photo during the morning and evening magic hours.

Some of my favorites follow...

Sun shines on the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. on Sunday.

A fighter jet carved in glass soars through the blue sky.

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Capitol Building are seen through some haze as viewed from the Netherlands Carillon.

The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial with a building in Rosslyn, Va. in the background.

A water taxi arrives at dock in Alexandria with a tall ship in the background.

By Ian Livingston  | May 13, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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