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the Hall of Remembrance | the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Here's a shot from my recent visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (in +Washington DC). After spending hours in the permanent exhibit looking at some truly emotional exhibits, the Hall of Remembrance was a welcome ending to my tour.

This visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum was my first and, while I was extremely impressed, my experience was dampened by a pretty large crowd. I know it was a weekend in the busiest tourist time of the year for DC but I really want to go back when it's not as busy before I put together a detailed review.
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It must be a shattering experience. What a nightmarish period in the history of the world.
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I have a new portfolio site!

Over the long holiday weekend I decided it was time to sit down and build an updated portfolio website. I've had a web presence for well over a decade but it's never been a simple portfolio of the images I'm most proud of...

While I photograph absolutely everything for my business my real passions have always been wildlife, landscapes and travel photography. For almost a week I've been going through tens of thousands of images from the last ten years trying to find the ones I like the most. This project has been a long time coming (and it's far from being complete). So far I couldn't be happier with how it's shaping up!

One of the more interesting aspects of the project has been to find some old images of myself for an "About Me" profile page. It's fun to look back on some of the things I've done over my long career in photography and design. For fun I even made an all new profile picture of myself working in my office!

For anyone interested in checking out some of my favorite images you can head over to my new portfolio here:

http://www.monicohavier.com
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the Caisson of Henry B. Wilson | Arlington National Cemetery

For this year's Memorial Day Weekend I'm re-sharing an image from 2010.

This is the caisson that carried Col. Henry B. Wilson, US Army Air Force (Ret.), to his final resting place in +Arlington National Cemetery.

In World War II Henry was a B-17 pilot who flew 25 missions over Germany in 1944. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Croix de Guerre with Palm and other decorations. Upon retirement from the military, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Physics from St. Louis University. He settled in Newark, DE, where he pursued a second career teaching physics at Delaware Technical and Community College. I'm proud he was a member of my family.

Today I'm remembering what it was like to attend his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. This weekend I'm thinking about all of America's fallen Heros...
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"Between the Rain Storms" | the Japan Pavilion in Disney's Epcot

Here's one of my favorite shots from my recent visit to Disney World. On this particular day we had a MASSIVE rain storm that left me standing in a store for about an hour. I was soaked, to say the least.

But when the storm finally passed I continued my exploration of the World Showcase (it was Flower & Garden time, after all). When I arrived in the Japan Pavilion I was treated to one heck of a sight. There were dark storm clouds overhead but there were also some breaks in the clouds that let the sun peek through.

note: This shot may look like HDR but the dark clouds and areas of light give this single shot more contrast than normal.
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Nice shot Monico! I've gotten totally soaked at Disney, and without warning by summer storms. That sky and sunlight really adds some strong contrast - nature's own way of HDR!
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Today I got to meet the absolutely amazing +Gilmar Smith . She's always been one of my favorite photographers and her creativity is truly inspirational. AWESOME!!!
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Fantastic meet-up! Enjoy your vacation +Monico Havier ! I hope to get back there in November.
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a Great Horned Owl | Meadowside Nature Center

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to attend my first "Raptor Festival" at the Meadowside Nature Center. I was there to see my good friends (and awesome photographers) +Tim Chickering and +Kara Chickering and it was great to see so many beautiful images together. There's just no substitute for prints!

While I was there I also broke out my camera and snapped a few pictures of the raptors that were on display. The animals were beautiful and I was especially thrilled to speak with so many knowledgeable people.

Here's a shot of a Great Horned Owl from my visit:

Note: this image is also over on my +500px page here:
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Nice shot Monico, you got the eye contact and the expression, perfect.
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Cat's Cradle | Oil on Canvas Painting at the National Portrait Gallery

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When Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay, 1942) proclaimed “I am the greatest,” it was hard not to agree. Just twenty-two year old when he stunned the boxing world by upsetting heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston in 1964, Ali would become the first three-time winner of the heavyweight crown. A consummate showman whose braggadocio and rhyming banter captivated the public, the fleet-footed and graceful Ali was mesmerizing as he confounded opponents with his unorthodox boxing style. Ali was also a potent force beyond the ring. In 1967 he became a symbol of conscience to many when he was convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his title after refusing military induction on the basis of his religious beliefs. The Supreme Court later overturned the conviction, and Ali battled back in the ring to regain the heavyweight title in 1974.

Henry C. Casselli Jr. (born 1946)
Oil on canvas, 1981
Gift of the Sig Rogich Family Trust

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(above information is from the placard next to the painting)

When I heard that Muhammad Ali passed I was saddened to say the least. I could only think of two displays dedicated to him in the +Washington DC area. One was a set of his boxing gloves at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the other was this portrait that hangs in the "Hall of Champions" of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Of the two I thought this would be a more fitting image to share...
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"Flags In" | Arlington National Cemetery

For me there's nothing as moving as seeing all of the flags in +Arlington National Cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend...
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The Epcot Torii | the Japan Pavillion, Epcot

"Like the great Torii at the Itsushima Shrine, standing in the tidal waters of Hiroshima Bay, this "Gate of Honor" welcomes all who pass by it's sturdy beams. Originally conceived as a small perch for roosters to welcome Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, the Torii grew in size. Eventually these magnificent forms came to symbolize the shrines of Japan"

It's always been difficult for me to pick a single park as my favorite at Walt Disney World but Epcot makes a strong bid for the top spot with it's World Showcase. As a travel photographer I dream of seeing these beautiful countries with my own eyes (and getting plenty of pictures to share). But so far it hasn't worked out and this is as close as I've been.

Later this year I'll be traveling to England and France so I'll finally be able to make a real comparison with the "Disney versions" but until then I'll always have my imagination.

This is a shot of the Torii at Epcot's Japan Pavillion just after a massive rain storm:
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+Monico Havier great photo looking across the World Showcase and with Spaceship Earth framed under the Torii! England and France sounds like a wonder vacation to look forward to!
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Main Street Station | Disney's Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I'm going to just call this shot what it is - a moment of Disney Magic...

I go to Disney World a lot and it's pretty rare for me to get a picture without people in the shot. On this rare occasion I was standing in front of the Main Street Station when a train arrived. With some killer clouds in the sky it all came together and another moment like this may never happen for me again...

Here's the shot I grabbed in the rare instance when everything came together on my most recent visit to Disney World:
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or as John Candy would say "You would have a better chance playing pick up sticks with your butt cheeks ."
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Shenandoah In the Morning | Shenandoah National Park

It's been a while since I've been out in the mountains to see (and photograph) a sunrise. I've been too busy this year to do much of that kind of photography but I'm thinking I need to figure out a way to make the time.

Here's a shot from last October to remind me why I need to find the time to get myself back to the mountains...

I've also added this shot to my +500px page here:

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Ooh. Just ooh!!!!!
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Flag and the Washington Monument  |  Washington, DC

Towering over 555 feet tall, the Washington Monument is the visual anchor for most of my +Washington DC images. It's just amazing to see in person.

Here's a shot from pretty close so I could include one of the fifty American flags that surround the monument:
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Hi and thank you for visiting my Google+ page.

I am a photographer and business owner that lives in Virginia near Washington, DC. My business primarily serves clients in the Washington DC area but I travel to do location shoots all over the USA. 

I'm a proud member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and I worked as a designer for Ford Design North America. Before design and photography I engineered, installed, operated and maintained huge professional video projection systems.

While photography and photoshop are my business I also enjoy teaching and sharing what I've learned over the years. 

Here on Google+ I'll concentrate on being social person. I hope everyone gets to learn a little about me as I share my thoughts, the status of some of my projects and the occasional picture.

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I'm not one to review stores like CVS but when I arrived home to find that items I'd purchased didn't make it in to my bag I had to speak up. While I certainly shoulder some of the blame for not watching the worker put each and every item in my bag (and then open it up to double check that everything is there) I really shouldn't have to do all of that. What bothers me is that they had no issue charging me (as I could clearly see on my receipt) but somehow couldn't get everything I was paying for in to my bag. Long story short - there are plenty of stores like CVS to shop at so I'll be taking my business to one them from now on...
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Pecos Bill's is one of the better quick service options in the Magic Kingdom. The indoor seating is pretty big and the fixings bar was exactly what I hoped it would be (even though I still miss the nacho cheese). I liked Pecos Bills before the menu change and it's just as good after. For a late night eating option in the Magic Kingdom it's a real winner.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I love La Quinta hotels for their pet friendly policies but there just isn't any consistency from one to another. The Savanah La Quinta had a very dated "motor lodge" feel that didn't really match the updated look of the exterior. It looks much nicer from the outside than it did from the inside. One thing that always frustrates me about La Quinta hotels is their lousy key card system. I have yet to stay at a La Quinta where my key card doesn't stop working at some point during my stay but it seemed even worse here. The location was extremely convenient for a stop on the way to Florida (if yore taking I-95) and I would definitely stay there again. It wasn't the nicest La Quinta I've stayed at but it wasn't the worst either.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I've stayed at plenty of La Quinta hotels (because most are pet friendly) and the wide range in experiences I have with them never ceases to amaze me. I'e stayed at some that flirted with five stars and some that were solid one stars. This particular La Quinta had a great location (close to all the action in Orlando), a pretty nice staff and OK rooms (even though the coffee maker in my room was broken along with a few other minor issues). The lobby looked to be pretty big when I arrived but it sure shrank during breakfast hours... Overall I didn't have any major complaints but I also couldn't find anything that made my stay stand out in my mind.
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Best Friends Pet Care is Awesome in every way! Not only is it on Walt Disney World property (making it super convenient) it's perfectly themed to let your pets experience a little bit of why their humans love going to Disney parks for vacations. The Disney magic is there for sure. The facilities are extremely clean and the staff is super nice. It's instantly obvious how much they love animals and it really put my mind at ease when I dropped my dog, Peaches, off for a full day stay. They had numerous add-ons like group play times, walks and even extra treats (like ice cream for pets). The "rooms" for their guests were nice and the outdoor areas were wonderful. We stopped by in the middle of the day and got to play with our dog for a while before going back to our vacation and everything couldn't have been easier. Without a doubt the Best Friends Pet Care is a great place that earned every one of the five stars they received. I can't wait to come back!
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reviewed 7 months ago
Like every CiCi's I've eaten at the value is great but the food is average at best. This CiCi's was within walking distance of my hotel so it made for a really convenient place to enjoy some different options. I was there pretty late so it wasn't busy but it was also just OK for a buffet. With it being connected to a cheap Florida gift store it had a very low class feel (even if there was nothing particularly low class about the CiCi's itself). The food was definitely worth what I paid - and luckily that wasn't very much...
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reviewed 7 months ago
It's places like this that make me wish Google allowed me give ZERO STARS. Service - if you can call it that - takes the airport eating experience (which is already poor) and achieves a new level of terrible that I previously thought wasn't possible. Was the food any good? I'll never know... After waiting (by myself) for close to 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge I was there someone came up to a register and told me my total ($9.22) BEFORE I EVEN ORDERED SOMETHING!!! I was so dumbfounded I left and found something else (cheaper, with better service and probably better). Your time is important when you're traveling so do yourself a huge favor and walk right past Earl of Sandwich.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago