Monday, February 18, 2008
Two Things Challenge: Love / Bird
This week's challenge was Love / Bird.
The first photo is the grave of President John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. (The building at the top of the photo is the former home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife Mary Custis Lee. Mrs. Lee was the great-granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington, the wife of George Washington. Of equal note: Mrs. Kennedy was a descendant of the Lees of Virginia.) After the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and Mrs. Kennedy requested an eternal flame over his grave. She later married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek businessman. After his death, she remained unwed, but was often seen in the company of a New York businessman named Maurice Tempelsman. They never married and when Mrs. Kennedy died in 1994 the reason was revealed. Had she married Mr. Tempelsman, she could not have been buried in Arlington next to her first love. Despite Mr. Kennedy's philandering and wandering eye, Mrs. Kennedy was devoted to him and is now buried next to him.
The second photo is a Northern Cardinal. This red beauty is the most popular choice for state bird in the United States. Out of 50 states, seven of them claim the cardinal as its state avian representative: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. (The second most popular is the Western Meadowlark [six states], followed by the Mockingbird [five states].) The cardinal can be found as far west as Arizona in the continental U.S. and Hawaii in the contiguous U.S., as far east as Virginia, as far north as Wisconsin, and as far south as Central America. The females are mostly brown with touches of red. While not as stunning as the male, they are pretty in their own right. Seeing a cardinal is breathtaking and one of the things I love about living in the East.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08. This entry was updated to include additional geneological information about Mary Custis Lee and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.)