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JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Home, Sweet Home

Whoever said you can’t go home doesn’t know Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson, who recently traveled to his home state of North Dakota with his wife, Joanne Plager Burke Olson. Here are some of the sights and family moments they enjoyed on their trip.


JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Historic Ships of Baltimore Harbor

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his wife, Joanne, recently took a tour of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which is the site of Historic Ships in Baltimore, created as a result of the merger of the USS Constellation Museum and the Baltimore Maritime Museum. Four ships — sloop of war USS Constellation, lightship Chesapeake, World War II-era submarine USS Torsk and …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — March For Our Lives

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson joined an estimated crowd of more than 800,00 at the March For Our Life rally Saturday in Washington, D.C., as students gathered in the nation’s capital and at sister marches all across the United States  to deliver a powerful, unified message: Enough is enough. The rally, organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Foggy Bottom

A foggy morning walk today took Arlington, Va., photographer Jeff Olson across the National Mall, past Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, the Nurses Memorial and Constitution Gardens. The area technically borders the part of Washington, D.C., that is known as “Foggy Bottom” because of the fog that naturally lingers there.

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 — Cape Cod Getaway

Cape Cod, Mass., is a popular vacation destination during the summer months for people up and down the East Coast. Extending into the Atlantic Ocean and stretching from Provincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest, Cape Cod is separated from the mainland by the Cape Cod Canal. Alexandria, Va., photographer recently spent some time on the Cape with his …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Library Of Congress

What’s the largest library in the world? If you guessed the Library of Congress, you would be right. As well as being the research library that officially serves the U.S. Congress, it is also the de facto national library of the country. The library’s collection is the home to millions of items, including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts. Alexandria, Va., photographer …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Bald Head Island

Alexandria, Va., photographer recently traveled south for a vacation retreat at Bald Head Island, a village located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, N.C. Just two miles off North Carolina’s southern coast, Bald Head Island — located at the tip of Cape Fear — is home to Old Baldy, the state’s oldest lighthouse, and is a favorite …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Cherry Blossom Festival

  The National Cherry Blossom Festival, billed as “The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration,” is under way in Washington, D.C., as these shots taken today (March 24) from Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson will attest. Exactly when the buds will open is not easy to predict, and it is extremely difficult to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Blooming Beauty

It may not quite be spring according to the calendar, but the magnolia blooms are bursting  ― and falling ―in Washington, D.C., as these images from Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson will attest. They were taken at Rawlins Park, the American Red Cross headquarters and the Enid A. Haupt Garden the Smithsonian Institution. While the magnolia blooms are going fast and the next rain storm will carry …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Blizzard Jonas

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his wife, Joanne Plager Burke Olson, joined millions of others on the East Coast in digging out from this weekend’s Blizzard Jonas, which dumped up to 3 feet of snow or more in some areas. Even their dog, Coach, got in on the act. Also see photos from Jeff’s first day back in Washington, …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Renwick Gallery

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently visited the newly renovated Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., which had been closed for about 18 months. Home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, Renwick is located across from the White House at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in downtown Washington, D.C. The renovation has carefully restored …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — West Virginia Views

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson captured these images recently at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where he was taking some training classes. The NCTC offers a unique and diverse range of conservation training courses, designed by and for the conservation professional. Topics range from coldwater fish culture to habitat conservation planning, from environmental negotiation to building community support for natural …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with photographer Jeff Olson. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between North Carolina and Tennessee runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Biltmore Estate And Gardens

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently had the opportunity to visit one of the top tourist attractions in Ashville, N.C., the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Chateauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Chimney Rock State Park

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson captured these scenic shots at Chimney Rock State Park, which is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the North Carolina mountains. Privately owned by the Morse family for more than 100 years, Chimney Rock was acquired by the state of North Carolina in 2007 to become part of the greater Chimney Rock State …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — C&O Canal And The Paw Paw Tunnel

A hike along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and to the Paw Paw Tunnel near Oldtown, Maryland was on the agenda recently for Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his wife, Joanne Plager Burke Olson. The C&O Canal, occasionally called the “Grand Old Ditch,”operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md. The canal’s principal cargo …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olsons shares these shots of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, located in Baltimore. The coastal star-shaped fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British Navy in Chesapeake Bay in 1814. During the Civil War, the area where Fort McHenry sits served as a military prison, …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — France Countryside, Summer 2015, Part 7

The Tuesday market in Le Bugue — that’s where Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson, his wife, Joanne Plager Burke Olson, and their other traveling companions spent their morning. Le Bugue, located on the banks of the Vézère River a few kilometers before the confluence of the Vézère with the Dordogne at Limeuil, is a commune in the Dordogne department in southwestern France. …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — France Countryside, Summer 2015, Part 5

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his traveling companions, including his wife, Joanne Barclay Burke Plager, and Dean Plager and Barclay Jackson, has an “incredible day and tea in Salers, a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France. It is famous for the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée cheeses Cantal and Salers. It is also famous for the Salers breed of cattle …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — France Countryside, Summer 2015, Part 4

On his recent European trip to France, Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson ended his boat travel in Mâcon, a small city in east-central France in the department of Saône-et-Loire, located in Burgundy. From there, he and his group headed west by automobile to Massif Central, an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateau with numerous castles and parks. Their …