52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 20 – #14 Emotional



Vietnam Memoria, Washington DC

This was my first visit to the Vietnam Memorial and what an emotional journey it was.  I grew up in the Vietnam War error and 6 months ago I satisfied my curiosity about the country by visiting there for several weeks.  I know many men who served in the war as well as many that lost their lives fighting alongside the Vietnamese.  I found the Vietnamese people to be most gracious and hospitable to Americans with absolutely no negativity concerning the long war that took place in their homeland.  The Vietnam Memorial is a beautiful memorial built to engage the emotions of it’s visitors which is certainly the reaction that I had during my visit.  It is definitely a wonderful tribute to the brave women and men who served in this war and did not return home.  Sorry for the three photos but one photo did not do justice to the emotional magnitude of this memorial



Week 19 – #A2 Mono

Metro Station, Arlington VA

I recently traveled to Arlington VA for my “unnamed number” college reunion.  When I attended Marymount University the metro was not even in the planning stages. We reminiced about how we would walk to Howard Johnsons, affectionately called “HoJo’s”.  We took cabs into Georgetown as that was the only mode of transportation. We were not allowed to have cars on campus.  We ventured onto the Metro to do some sightseeing in Washington and were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to navigate to the various stations.  As a photographer, I was enthralled by the photo opportunities and did manage to capture this photo prior to the train arriving.  I converted the photo into mono which was much more appealing than the yellow tinge from the underground lighting.


Week 12 – #1 A Bench at “National Mall, Washington DC”

Washington Mall, Washington DC

Recently I attended my Marymount University reunion in Washington DC. I lived in the Washington DC for about 10 years and have been back for visits on many occasions. I decided to do a little sightseeing on Saturday to see the changes since my last visit.  One thing that really stood out for me were all the barriers that have been constructed around some of the monuments and also around many of the government buildings. This is a sad reminder of the times that we live in.

Considering that the reunion was planned for mid October, I was hoping to catch some beautiful fall foliage and a reprieve from the hot and humid Florida temperatures that we have been experiencing.  Not to be – temps ranged from mid 60’s to 80’s and the foliage was still very green.  When things didn’t go exactly accordingly to my plans, I decided that perhaps Photoshop could help me out.   Recently I learned about a  filter in NIK called Indian Summer. I decided to give that a try to see if I could emulate the weather that I had wished for.  The unsuspecting couple in the photo were appropriately dressed for fall so my edits did make sense.   I’m afraid that the NIK plug in will have to be my fall substitute until I’m lucky enough to experience fall foliage first hand.

Actual Photo without edits