Saturday, July 22, 2017
Thinking of my Brother
When: through August 14, 2017
There's a fine exhibit on the National Park Service, complete with gorgeous photos, on now at Natural History. Last August marked the 100th birthday of the NPS, and the museum is doing its part to honor one of the things that makes America great.
My use of the national parks consists of the National Mall and Wolf Trap (the only national park for the performing arts!), but I am a supporter of the National Park Service Foundation and hope that someday, I'll be able to see the great parks out west. Plus, my brother works for the NPS (in fact, he is somewhere in the photo above), so I have plenty of reasons to support them and the great work they do.
"There is nothing so American as our national parks." - FDR, 1934
This quote is printed at the beginning of the exhibit, a fitting way to start. No matter how bad things may be in the economy (keep in mind, Roosevelt said this in the midst of a depression) or in the world at large (you'll recall, things weren't looking good overseas either), our national parks are always a worthwhile investment of the nation's time and money. This show gives you a feel for the variety of parks throughout the country. Photos of Peacefield (John and Abigail Adams' home) and Mount Vernon reminded me of trips I've taken; Yosemite and Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are trips I'd like to take in future.
In other news, the Korea Gallery has closed, and a "Garden Lounge" is under construction. I'm not sure exactly what this will be, but I'm guessing some sort of eatery? When it opens in November, I'll be sure to check it out.
Verdict: If you are a lover of nature photography, don't miss this show.