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Flickr doesn’t know the difference between Alexandria and Arlington

Oh, flickr.

I think it’s great the flickr thinks Arlington County is worthy of Explore, but if they are going to do that, they ought to use a photograph from Arlington. The George Washington Masonic Memorial is located in the city of Alexandria which is adjacent to Arlington and also worthy of Explore.

The great photo shown is this one by user zachstern. It is mapped to the Fairlington neighborhood of Arlington which is obviously inaccurate. There are not any “arlington” tags though. Trust but verify, flickr…

SO, WHILE YOU ARE HERE…

George Washington Masonic Memorial
[flickr : Photos tagged with georgewashingtonmasonicmemorial/slideshow]

Drafthouse at dusk
[flickr : Photos tagged with arlington/slideshow]

Alexandria city seal in wayfinder
[flickr : Photos tagged with alexandria/slideshow]

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The “Arlington, Va. before 1990″ flickr photo group is quite interesting

Arlington - Rosslyn from Key Bridge (1965)
Photo by roger4336 on flickr

I stumbled on a great flickr group recently, Arlington, VA before 1990. I didn’t spend a lot of time in Arlington before 1990 (or even 2000 for that matter), but I still recognized a number of things like the old Putt-Putt in Ballston which I went to once, not too mention Interstate 66/Orange Line construction, “old Rosslyn” and planning maps for highways never built (thankfully) in Arlington and some mid-century architecture. Plus there are a few things that are gone from the not so distant past, like Whitey’s (I went there once before it closed). There are a few Little Saigon photos too: Don & Mike used to jokingly call the county “Arlington, Viet Nam.”

The changes in the last ten years are amazing, the last twenty even more so. When I was younger, I remember Arlington as an area that seemed to be having a bit of a challenge transitioning from the post-WWII era. That challenge has been overcome in a big way. Some might say, too big, but count me a proponent of the increased urbanization of the county.

Moving forward, I’m going to try and do a weekly history post, probably about the D.C. area, but I’m not limiting myself to it.

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2012 Supermoon is this Saturday

The “biggest” moon of the year is this Saturday (Capital Weather Gang, The Post):

Get ready for the moon’s most prominent, spectacular appearance of the year. On Saturday night at 11:34 p.m. eastern, the moon becomes full on its closest approach to Earth. This coincidence makes this moon a “Supermoon.”

The moon is reaching what’s known as its “perigee”, the closest approach to earth in its orbit – a mere 221,802 miles away. It will appear 16 percent brighter than the average full moon.

Compared to when it’s on the “apogee” side of its orbit, farthest away from earth, it will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.

Here is a pro tip* — if you photographing the “supermoon” be sure to make sure something else (trees, hills, buildings, etc.) in photo. The size of the moon is relative to other objects in view.

*Not actually a pro tip, I’m a rank amateur with a DSLR and just one lense, but last time we had a supermoon, I saw so-called “professional photographers” posting photos of just the moon. Really.

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