Travel theme: Night

I went to Washington DC to visit a friend and experience July 4th in the nation’s capital. On the night of July 4th, we celebrated at a rather fancy do on a rooftop in Georgetown, with a catered buffet, cocktails galore and a great view of the fireworks. I was informed that no native DC resident would ever consider making their way down to the Mall on Independence Day – the rooftops are where all self-respecting DC inhabitants watch the fireworks.

night fireworks washington dc july 4th grand finale

The grand finale

Festivities over and a good night’s sleep behind me, I took off to explore DC. As darkness fell, it became apparent that DC is a city that has got to be viewed at night time. If you only see it during the day, you’re missing out. Here are a few of the lovely sights I saw under cover of the night.

jefferson memorial at night washington dc

Jefferson Memorial at night

lincoln memorial at night washington dc

I love this one. I had my camera set on long exposure to photograph the Lincoln Memorial, and a mother and daughter crossed into the frame, giving a rather ghostly effect.

capitol at night washington dc

Crossing the road to catch the last bus, I saw a spooky moon above the illuminated Capitol Building. I had to grab a quick shot.

Do you have a place you love viewing at night? I’m looking forward to seeing your take on this week’s travel theme.

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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214 Responses to Travel theme: Night

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  3. Great photos of the firework festivities. This was a hard one. I don’t usually take my camera out at night. I may have to change that way of thinking. BUT – night time is fun time – mmmm … maybe, not. LOLOL Thanks for a fabulous challenge.

    • ailsapm says:

      I love taking photos at night, things seem so much more romantic at night, I think it changes the way you see things. You should totally try taking more night time shots, Isadora – it’s fun 🙂 Lovely post, and lovely quote too! xxx Ailsa

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  5. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, I’m glad that I am able to join your travel theme challenge for this week as my husband has taken quite a number of night photos here in Las Vegas – so it’s perfect timing. We were also in Washington DC a couple of weeks back and we took photos of the Jefferson Memorial as well – but only from afar. 🙂 Here’s my link for this week’s travel theme:

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  7. Great night photos collection, and nice theme 😀 Thank you @Ailsa, here’s mine Regards.

  8. frizztext says:

    hello Ailsa,
    thanks again for inspiring!
    Here’s my NIGHT:

    • ailsapm says:

      Really beautiful, frizztext, beautiful and strangely lonely at the same time, I love the one lit window, and the other one with just a thin chink of light showing through. xxx

  9. 4otomo says:

    Hi! Ailsa, cool shots, including the spooky moon..:-)
    ………………mountain to sea illuminated at night………..are my images for this weeks theme……

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  11. cocoaupnorth says:

    Awesome pics, I especially love the fireworks and the moon looks like it’s hanging on a branch:-)
    Love your post and I was inspired to participate, here is my contribution…

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, welcome to the travel theme party, cocoaupnorth. Beautiful shots of Prague at night, I love that place. Cheers!

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  13. Definitely a night to remember and celebrate. Wonderful post!…lenge-movement/

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  15. DC is absolutely best at night. I am a little behind here, but will be getting something on this soon…another great challenge! You’re the best!

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  17. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for your challenges. We used to live in DC a long time ago…wonderful memories with your photos.
    Here is my entry

  18. eludingennui says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, Ailsa. Again, here is my try at his week’s theme.

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  22. Jo Bryant says:

    Hi Ailsa…what a great theme. I was going to cheat and use my movement post…but hey that wouldn’t be right…hehehehehehe
    You have some great images. But I love the second one best I think. The colour is just beautiful in that shot…gives it such atmosphere. What building is it ?
    So here is mine…taken in our little ‘city’ of Tauranga.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Jo, that second photo is the Jefferson Memorial, taken from across the tidal basin at the MLK Memorial. It looked like it was a floating on the water from the vantage point I had. Love your Tauranga post. xxx

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  24. hello all! Looks’ like I’m late to the party again, but here’s my take on the Night:

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  26. Catherine says:

    I spent the fourth in DC as well (and decided to brave the heat and the National Mall)!! Did you have a nice time? Here’s my night photo in DC:

    • ailsapm says:

      I absolutely love your shot of the moon! Yes, I had a wonderful time in DC, Catherine, and I ended up staying a few more days and checking out the sights – what a great city! I’ll be writing up more posts on it shortly. How much fun was it down at the Mall? I bet you had a great time!

      • Catherine says:

        I did have a great time at the Mall! I’m glad you had a fun experience as well. I’ll keep an eye for your future posts! : )

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    • ailsapm says:

      How much fun would it be to wear one of those crazy big hats and go check out the wickedest dessert menu in Umhlanga? I think that sounds like a perfect night out! 🙂

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  29. Imelda says:

    Lovely pictures. I love the picture the Lincoln Memorial best because of the walking shadows. 🙂

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  32. Aww, it’s so nice to see your pictures of my hometown at night, Ailsa!! There is nothing like seeing our nation’s capital lit up by fireworks!! I hope you enjoyed.

    Here’s my entry for your inspiring travel theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      Cathy, I LOVE your hometown, I had such a great time. Just got back, actually, and have a gazillion photos, and several posts to write about my adventures there. 🙂

      • Good Ailsa, I’m glad you liked it! Can’t wait to read about your adventures. Now you’re really making me homesick. I’ll be back there in 23 days!!

        • ailsapm says:

          I could have easily stayed longer, there’s so much to see and do. Hurray that you’re going home soon, I hope they’ll have solved their power issues by then – the generators failed in the neighbourhood where I was staying two days in a row – those poor crews were out working in 106 degree weather. I felt so sorry for them.

          • Yes, I know all about it because my family told me even in our neighborhood half the trees were down and people were without power until just recently. They did say that most people now have their power restored.

  33. Rosa says:

    I absolutely love your night shots. Thx for all these grat challenges.

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  35. I love DC and your photos remind me why. Its an awesome place with such great monuments.

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  39. Before we get busy with our Long Island circumnavigation posts, I did want to post a Night Travel post in response to your challenge:

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  42. dema1497 says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    It’s me again but this time with another story to tell 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Really gorgeous shots of Stockholm at night, Dema. I guess you get plenty of practice with night time photography during the winter there! 🙂

  43. Washington D.C. sounds great. It makes me want to take a trip there soon.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Gayle, it was fantastic – you should definitely plan a trip. I might wait until autumn though – the heat and humidity was pretty extreme while I was there!

  44. D&D-debbie says:

    Beautiful capture of DC at night! I especially like the “ghost” walkers and the moon shot. Here’s my post for the challenge:

  45. These are superb!

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