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Falling leaves

It’s my birthday today. Five years ago on this day, No 1 Son and I flew to Washington DC to celebrate, and we had the most wonderful trip. (I took this picture, which is one of my favourites, by the Lincoln Memorial – those are Lincoln’s feet).

Autumn is the perfect time to visit, because the fall colours in the States are amazing – there’s a reason people go ‘leaf-peeping’ in the US. Because the trees are SO big and there are SO many of them the foliage displays are just breathtaking – ochre and ruby-red and burnt orange and gold. When I was a kid I used to think that November was the worst time to have a birthday – cold, dark, too close to Christmas – but now I appreciate what a beautiful month it really is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course it’s also Election Results Day in the US today (congratulations President Obama), and Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

So here are the photos I took of the Korean War Memorial and The Three Soldiers, which stands next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Washington five years ago.

They are incredibly powerful monuments, a reminder of the reality of war.

 

*This is my entry for The Gallery - the theme this week is autumn.

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  1. [...] before his name, which he’s kept, and they also arranged for us to have a limo tour of the Washington monuments at night. As a birthday treat, that’s pretty hard to [...]

  2. Claire @ Bad Fiction November 10, 2012

    love the light through the trees!

  3. Emma November 7, 2012

    Love fall in the east coast. Beautiful pictures

  4. Kirsty (mytwomums) November 7, 2012

    Great pictures :)

  5. Crystal Jigsaw November 7, 2012

    Fabulous pictures and great memories for you. Happy Birthday to you and hope you have a lovely day x

  6. The Moiderer November 7, 2012

    The leaves in the US are so much more vibrant than the UK. It’s not until you go there in autumn that you can really appreciate it I think

  7. LauraCYMFT November 7, 2012

    Gorgeous collection of photos. And many happy returns to you :)

  8. TheBoyandMe November 7, 2012

    I would love to go to New England in the ‘Fall’, always looks such a beautiful sight on the television. As a teacher, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon though.

    Popping over from The Gallery.

  9. Emma The Mini Mes and Me November 7, 2012

    Great collection of pictures. The colours are beautiful x

  10. Great picture of your son (whatever the season)

  11. Jenny Paulin November 7, 2012

    Happy birthday to you! And I didn’t know the president electoral results til now so thanks for that

  12. Lou @ SunnySide November 7, 2012

    Love the red of the leaves and the sunlight streaming through onto the statue

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