Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Foggy Bottom

Today was gorgeous. Moderate temperatures, blue skies, puffy white clouds, a gentle breeze. I decided to get out of the office during lunch and drove down to Thompson's Boat House on the Potomac to take this picture of Foggy Bottom. Granted, it isn't at all reflective of the reason for its moniker, but it's lovely nonetheless.

In the spring and fall, particularly, the fog settles in this bend of the river at the foot of Georgetown, thus giving the locale its name--Foggy Bottom. Perhaps I'll take and post a picture one day that actually shows it with its namesake fog.

Just a few comments about what you're seeing in this picture. The bridge straight ahead is Key Bridge and connects Virginia with the southwestern boundary of Georgetown. At one time, aqueduct bridges spanned the Potomac. This one replaced a bridge further up the river. The spires you see to the right of the bridge are Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Just to the east of it in the foreground is the Washington Harbor Center. The center boasts flood gates that can be raised to protect the property when the river level breaches the wall that line this bend in the river. Kayaking is a popular repast on this stretch of the river and when the weather is particularly lovely, as it was this weekend, traffic can be quite steady. On July 4, kayakers and boaters alike paddle and motor down to an area just below the Lincoln Memorial and all across the Tidal Basin to watch the fireworks.

Photocopy right: D.C. Confidential (Janet M. Kincaid, 07/07)

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