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Snow Day – A Photo Ramble Around Capitol Hill

This morning the air is full of thick fluff. Giant flakes drift down… delicate blossoms   embracing frozen streets and silent walkways.

a few blocks from my house

In the storm’s grip time seems to pause… this century old neighborhood wavers between past and present. I grab my camera and set out to explore.

Stanton Park

I make my way to Stanton Park, where other days I’d walk my dog or watch kids play. Most mornings this place bustles with running feet and shrieks of excitement. Today it stands hushed and lonesome…

Stanton Park’s playground

guarded by the statue of Nathanael Greene, war hero and most trusted of George Washington’s generals. There he sits astride his horse, ready to seek his destiny.

Across the way, a school for children, honoring long forgotten philanthropist George Peabody.

Peabody Elementary

Through flurries of snow this fortress of learning emerges like a distant memory. I muse about the children who graced its halls over 140 years. How each generation finds itself in a world in flux… like the flakes around me, dancing in swirling eddies.

Little Moments

I meander the streets and come upon these steps. How solid and timeless, the stone. Are these treads worn from decades of feet or is it just the snow, painting with a whimsical brush?

These places were built in the late 1800s. I look up and imagine myself back in that Victorian era.

Have these vessels adorned this window for all those decades, just to peer down at me this moment? I wonder who inhabits this place. As I ramble, almost anywhere my eye falls I see echoes of a bygone era.

Another time, I might have passed without stopping to notice. But today the snow sharpens my eyes and illuminates its little vignettes.

Like these chairs in conversation…

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

or this row of trees, drawn so delicately against this somber structure…

giving contrast to the wispy anarchy of the branches.

stand of trees next to the Belmont-Paul House

A Historic Home

A block away is the Belmont-Paul House, honoring suffragettes Alva Belmont and Alice Paul.

Belmont-Paul House

Built in 1800, the British torched it as they invaded during the War of 1812. In 1929, it became home to the National Woman’s Party and the struggle for equal rights for women.

The snow gathers along the iron fence and draws my notice…

as it builds little pathways for my eye to travel.

Across the street from the Belmont-Paul house stands the Supreme Court.

Court and Capitol

bas-relief of Justice

It’s a massive building… the adornments reflecting its power…

Contemplation of Justice

Guardian of the Law

And facing it, the Capitol…

I let the branches frame the Statue of Freedom, standing sentry atop its dome.

The Library

From my vantage, I discover a snow salted tree beside the Library of Congress.

Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

Another, guards the main entrance…

or is it a prehistoric creature stalking the grounds?

On my way home, one more bit of whimsy…

When she was young, my daughter called them maflingoes. I still think of them that way.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It was fun putting it together. As always, your comments are welcome.


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  1. Thanks for posting this, Dan. I love our neighborhood in the fresh falling snow. It’s so unusual to find it quiet, less populous and less active. Looking at your pictures brings back a little of that peacefulness. My daughter went to Peabody – I had no idea about George Peabody’s life – thanks for that as well. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hope Hazen

    As always, love your photography. Thanks, Dan. Hope all is well with you and Sharon.

    Hugs, Hope

  3. Jill

    I partularly like your musings of the past- hinting at the ghosts of the neighborhood.

  4. Enjoyed — particularly the past, the prehistoric creature stalking the grounds, and an old friend, that tree by the Library of Congress.
    – peter

  5. Traer Sunley

    These are wonderful photographs and evoke the beauty all around us on the Hill. I especially love the words and image of Wispy Anarchy!

  6. Hi Dan, I can just see you out there in the snow engrossed in it all. You have the great quiet ability to be totally present to the moment. I can hear the hush of the snow. Do protect that guardian of the law for us. You are a very special man Dan. I always enjoy our visits.

  7. Maria Oziemkowska

    I simply love the views. The photos are calm and confident… business had to stop for a few moments and longing for meditative days and poetry entered.

  8. Warren Lehrer

    Thanks for the walk, loan of your eyes, words. xo – warren

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