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Jeff Olson

A photo intern and part-time sportswriter at the Grand Forks Herald during his undergraduate days at the University of North Dakota, Jeff Olson spent 20-plus years in North Dakota newspapers as a photojournalist. He is a former small business owner and for the past 14 years has been a public affairs officer for the National Park Service. Olson works with members of the news media on national park issues from the bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Joanne, and their golden retrievers, Sam and Harry. They are avid Washington Nationals baseball fans.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson was one of those fortunate souls who was able to view Monday’s total solar eclipse. Jeff, who works for the National Park Service and has been stationed this summer in Grand Canyon National Park, traveled to Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb., to view the once-in-a-lifetime event.

The national monument commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property. The act eventually transferred 270 million acres from public to private ownership.

The site of the national monument is on land that includes some of the first acres successfully claimed under the Homestead Act. The national monument was included in the National Register of Historic Place on Oct. 15, 1966.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Spring Sights

Flowers and dogs. That’s what Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson has been seeing a lot of lately. Hurray for spring!

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery —National Museum of African American History and Culture

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently made his first visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian Institution  museum established in December 2003. The museum’s building was designed by Davud Adjaye and is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum has about 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery and segregation, including items owned by Harriet Tubman, the glass-topped casket originally used to display and bury the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, the victim of racially motivated torture and murder in Mississippi, the dress that Rosa Park was sewing the day she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., a trumpet owned by jass musician Louis Armstrong, a dress owned by actress and singer Pearl Bailey and a cape and jumpsuit owned by American soul singer James Brown. Olson said it would take probably a dozen visits to take it all in.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — A Washington Christmas

Christmas is a festive time in our nation’s capital. Among the sights is the National Christmas Tree,  located in the northeast quadrant of The Elipse near the White House in Washington, D.C.  Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated. The North Dakota Christmas tree is one of 56 trees representing each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1 as part of the America Celebrates display. For those who aren’t able to view the trees in person, these images from Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson are a nice alternative.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Remembering Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago today, the United States was thrust into World War II with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson stopped by the he World War II Memorial to “touch the words” of the memorial that honors the 16 million who served in the Armed Forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died and all who supported the war effort from home, including those whose deaths on Dec. 7, 1941, marked the beginning of the U.S. war involvement in the Pacific.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries, including the president. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson had the opportunity some time there Friday. In his words, “A wonderful, moving day.”

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — California Dreamin’

Alexandria, Va., photographer recently traveled to the West Coast. Some of his time was spent in California, specifically Marin County, where he took in the sights in and around San Francisco, including Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Here are some of the images he captured.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — West Coast Wonders

The California and Oregon landscapes can offer some pretty spectacular viewing. Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently traveled to those two West Coast states, and here are some of the images that caught his eye.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Yosemite National Park

 

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently took part in a tour of Yosemite National Park in California. Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Here are some of the images Jeff captured.

 

 

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery And Video — Winging It In Downtown Alexandria, Va.

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson captured these images and the following videos while on a coffee walk Sunday morning.