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.

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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 — 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 visited there earlier this week and shot these images of the Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the library and is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. A monumental split stair featuring the Neptune Fountain, rises in multiple flights to the main entrance.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Memorial Day 2016, Alexandria National Cemetery

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson paid his respects Monday at Alexandria National Cemetery, where 45 percent of the graves mark the last resting place of unknown soldiers from the Civil War.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — May Snapshots

Between shots from his backyard, Washington Capitals baseball and other sights from our nation’s capital, Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson even had time to catch a few images of beautiful Mother’s Day flowers in this galley from the past month.

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 peak bloom. While the average peak bloom date is April 4, this spring it’s come a bit earlier.

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 them off for another season, that means the cherry blossoms are up next.

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 historic features and entirely new infrastructure, including LED lighting throughout the public spaces. Along with other upgrades, this will dramatically improve energy efficiency. The project marks the first comprehensive renovation to the building in 45 years. The Renwick Gallery, built in 1859, was the first structure in America created expressly for showcasing great works of art to the public; the original legislation states that the building is intended to “encourage American genius.” In keeping with this purpose, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has used the building since 1972 to present a program of traditional and modern crafts, decorative arts and architectural design. The focus has strongly emphasized contemporary artists’ work, and contemporary expressions will continue to inspire the collections, installations and public events presented there. When the building first opened a decade after the Civil War to display William Wilson Corcoran’s art collection, it was hailed as the ‘American Louvre,’ symbolizing the young nation’s aspirations for a distinctive culture.” The debut exhibition, “Wonder,” encompasses all the public galleries, with new room-size installations by nine artists, including Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin and Leo Villareal. Each artist works intensively with expressive materials — insects, tires, thread, paper, osiers, netting, woven wood, glass marbles  and LED light strips — to create installations that dazzle the eye and resonate with today’s environmental and social issues. Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of Craft and Decorative Arts, selected the artists.