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Shrouded in Scaffolding

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View from the northeast, near 15th Street NW.After a successful daytime photo shoot on September 5, 2013, I returned to the Washington Monument on the evening of November 8 to photograph it in its steel shroud at night.

Unlike most views of the Washington Monument at night during this period, this set shows the shrouded monument lit with the regular lighting, rather than the special lighting used to backlight the scaffolding.  While I had attempted to photograph the backlighting in late September, equipment problems made that an unsuccessful attempt.  A few days after my unsuccessful nighttime attempt, the 2013 federal government shutdown occurred, which cut off access to many of the areas that I needed to reach in order to be able to get the photos that I wanted.

November 3 was the last night that the scaffolding would be backlit, in order to begin work to remove the scaffolding from around the structure.  However, contrary to media descriptions of the lighting change, the monument did not “go dark”.  Rather, the regular lighting was returned to service the following night.

View from the south, across the Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial. View from the south, across the Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial.
View from the south, across the Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial.
West side of the monument, viewed from the top of the Lincoln Memorial steps. View from the southeast, east of the Jefferson Memorial. View from the southeast, east of the Jefferson Memorial.
View from the southwest, near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. West side of the monument, viewed from the western edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
View from the southwest, near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
View from the west, near the World War II Memorial. West side of the monument, viewed from the top of the Lincoln Memorial steps.
West side of the monument, viewed from the plaza in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
View from the northwest. View from the northwest. View from the west.
Top of the monument, viewed from the southeast.  Note that the scaffolding over the pyramidion is missing its decorative scrim. View from the southwest.
View from the northeast.
View from the west, through the construction fence. View from the northeast.
Scaffolding detail on the monument's southeast corner.
East side of the Washington Monument. View from the southeast. East side of the Washington Monument.
Scaffolding detail on the monument's west side, midway up the structure.  Detail of the southeast corner of the scaffolding.
East side of the Washington Monument.
View from the southeast.  View from the west, through the construction fence.
View from the southeast, showing the base of the structure.

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