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The center of the 'world'

OK, this may be a strange looking picture, but it was taken in the Crypt, underneath the Rotunda in the US Capitol. It is the geographical center of Washington, D.C., which is divided into four quadrants -- northwest, southwest, northeast and southeast. This is the exact spot where they all meet.

George Washington was supposed to have been buried in the Crypt, but he stipulated in his will that he be laid to rest at his plantation in Alexandria, Virginia, on the banks of the Potomac. I canít say that I blame him -- itís a beautiful, peaceful place, whereas the US Capitol is not, especially now.

The Ďrealí last shot of the falls, posted earlier:

Nikon D850 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/125s f/5.6 at 70.0mm iso6400 full exif

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Buz Kiefer19-Jan-2018 11:06
Interesting photo and note. Vote.
LynnH19-Jan-2018 02:25
Nice sharp image, and I do like the sheen! V
joseantonio18-Jan-2018 20:43
lovely light and reflections.V.
bill friedlander18-Jan-2018 17:40
The shine is amazing. It must be done every morning. V
Jeff Real18-Jan-2018 16:50
I love the way you have captured the detail
An amazing shine
Tom Munson18-Jan-2018 16:50
What a great capture.
Kuriacose Joseph18-Jan-2018 16:21
I wonder if this was the center before they chopped away the section west of the Potomac and gave it back to Virginia. Another interesting set of artifacts are the boundary markers of the original District of Columbia.
There is a bike ride where they go looking for these markers.
victorswan18-Jan-2018 16:18
Very nice image Helen impressively depicted the shine on the stones is beautiful you would be afraid to walk on it BV
Milan Vogrin18-Jan-2018 15:53
Nice compo! v!
Nick Paoni18-Jan-2018 15:42
Love the light glistening off the floor and poles.