6/19/07

White House Lawn Surprise

The night before we were going to leave Washington D.C. to travel to Balitmore, myself and two of my roommates wanted to go look at the White House, because we hadn't had a chance yet to see it up close and personal.
We walked from the Metro station in a downpour, with lightening overhead, and thunder clapping all around us.
The closest spot to see the White House is around back. Unfortunately it is fairly well protected and fenced off, but you get this view (above) from the back.
But seeing the White House wasn't the thing that excited me most that evening.
I am proud to say that I am 43 years old, and I can still get excited about little simple pleasures.
What excited me the most was seeing something that evening I had always heard of, but never seen with my own eyes.
I saw my very first fireflies flitting around on the White House lawn.
How cool is that, to see your very first firefly, on the White House lawn.
It was definately a highlight of the trip. Really. It was exciting. I live in a part of the country where fireflies do not exist, except in our imaginations or memories.
I tried to get a good picture of them, but it was very difficult to get them to stop and pose. They are probably so tired of all the photos taken around them each day, that it is understandable they were a little camera shy.
So, sorry President Bush. Your residence was upstaged by God's beautiful creation...
the firefly.
Next door to the White House and Oval Office is the Executive Office Building (or EOB as I heard it being referred to on The West Wing).
What a beautiful building. It was stunning.
It is now named in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Such architecture. Absolutely breathtaking.

6 comments:

InlandEmpireGirl said...

When I went to South Bend that summer to Notre Dame I saw them also. One thing we lacked in Kellogg growing up!

MarmiteToasty said...

Sounds like a great trip, well except for the walking in the thunder and lightening...... ok, so I have a thing about it....... ya know, I to get excited about simple things that most have done or seen and I aint....... :) - its what makes us special...

x

Jen said...

When I took my boys to visit family in West Virginia a few years ago, lightening bugs (the REAL name of these creatures) :) were what I was most excited to show them. I wish we had them here in North Idaho.

Pinehurst in my Dreams said...

I've always wanted to see fireflies. I'll bet that was really exciting!
Buildings are nice, too.

raymond pert said...

Indiana introduced me to lightning bugs/fireflies. Screened outdoor porches, houses too hot to be inside, sit on the porch, watch the fireflies dance. I'd love to go back.

Silver Valley Girl said...

Fireflies/Lightning bugs are wonderful. For those of us not used to these unique bugs, it is quite a treat to see them...I loved it.