February 15, 2010

Presidents Day

One of the highlights of our trip last year to Colonial Williamsburg was a visit to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Among the gorgeous works of art in the collection was an oil-on-canvas painting of George Washington, created by Charles Willson Peale, circa 1780. This is a crop of a photo that I took of the lovely portrait. Don’t you just love his expression? Flash photography is not allowed in the museum, so I was able to capture this poignant smile thanks to an ISO setting of 1000 and exposure of 1/5 second.

Originally a farmer, the “father of our country” led our rag-tag troops in the Revolutionary War; presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution; and became our first President in 1789.

God bless our Presidents. May they always uphold the laws of the land and lead the government wisely.


  1. Yes, I do love that expression...the painter did a wonderful job of capturing it. And I really like your final comment. May it be so!

  2. What a Beautiful shot Donna!!! He looks like he knows something We don't!!lolol

  3. Hi Donna: Even though I am not an American, I have this soft spot for George, it may have something to do with the book I read about him, Aspire to the Heavens, I highly recommend it. Great shot.

  4. Great pic Donna! Happy President's Day!

  5. That is a wonderful expression..and a wonderful photo..well done!

    Wishing you a lovely day,


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