Monday, November 17, 2008


Backlit Basilica

I've featured this Washington house of worship before and I posted a couple of pictures as part of my SkyWatch Friday last week. I promised Cowbark I'd post more pictures this week.

The Christopher Columbus Window reflected on the wall
of the stairway leading up to the bell tower.

A couple of weekends ago, a friend of mine from high school was in town. We went to Hillwood Museum & Gardens, which I'll feature more of later this week, as well as to the National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. These are just a few more of the pictures I took.

Niche off the Grotto Chapel on the Crypt level

If you'd like to see some additional photos featuring a handful of the more than 30 chapels and rosary altars in the Basilica, as well as the robes worn by Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Washington this past spring, see Standing Room Only.


I liked the sun coming through the windows and resting on this woman in our tour group. She lingered a bit longer than the rest of the crowd, who moved on from the sanctuary in the Great Upper Church to see the icons for Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the same.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 11/08


Cowbark said...

Yay! Love it - thanks! You're making me miss DC again. :)

JM said...

All 4 pictures are fantastic! I'm really amazed with the 1st two! Great work!

Petrea said...

Oh, that backlit basilica is a stunner!

D.C., you aren't going to believe this by it's the truth. My word verification is "farting."

So glad I visited at this exact moment.

D.C. Confidential said...

Cowbark: You're welcome! Come on down anytime!

JM: Thank you. Confession: The first one, I edited to look that way. I had it mostly in silhouette when I took it, but it needed some darkening. (Hope you don't like it any less as a result.)

Petrea: Thanks! (See above note.) Love your word verification! Calls to mind a great blog entry I read today about a friend who blew out her favorite pair of old, comfortable jeans when farted this weekend! Too, too funny!

Bob Crowe said...

Lovely and moving. The first photo shows a terrific sense of design, a religious institution that glows. The last one is about genuine piety.

Thanks for your long comment today about my post on the rally in St. Louis for marriage rights for all. Outspoken, as always, and a position I share. There will be more tomorrow.

Tash said...

Stunning photos, Janet!

Petrea said...

Seriously? Either your friend needs to change her diet or those jeans had to go anyway.

Okay, now my word verification is "myopian." I'm just going to keep coming back here. Yours are the best.

D.C. Confidential said...

Bob: Thank you! I love photographing this church. You could literally spend a week in there and never capture everything. It's amazing!

Tash: Thanks!

Petrea: True story. I just emailed you a link. As for having the best word verifications, I like to be hostest with the mostest when I can. :-)

Maya said...

Wow! These are all amazing, but I especially like the first one. That backlighting is awesome.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Thanks! Don't be too impressed with the first one. It's a good picture in its original form, but it was begging to be manipulated and I obliged.

Dusty Lens said...

Fantastic! I enjoy the architecture of these cathedrals finding them quite inspiring.

babooshka said...

These are very spiritual and evocative images. Beautifully done.

D.C. Confidential said...

Rob: Thanks! I enjoy photographing structures like this. There are so many possibilities for great pictures. And yes, they are awe inspiring!

Babooshka: Thank you! I hope I capture some of the spirit of these types of edifices in my pictures...