national harbor, prince george’s county, maryland, near washington, dc | rod nasbe / photography

Located on 300 acres of prime real estate along the scenic Potomac River in Prince George’s County, MD, National Harbor is the new gateway to the National Capital Region. This spectacular urban-waterfront community offers stunning views of downtown Washington, D.C. and Old Town Alexandria, and is just a 15-minute drive – or water taxi ride – to the heart of the nation’s capital.

Read more.. Thursday, December 30th, 2010

portrait – jigsaw puzzle | rod nasbe / photography

Christmas night, the kids started work on a tough jigsaw puzzle, an effort that picked up again the next morning.

Just as the puzzle was nearing completion, the very last piece seemed to be missing.

After everyone thoroughly searched the room and every square inch of the floor, mother pulled the missing piece out of her pocket to “save the day.”

Read more.. Sunday, December 26th, 2010

holiday lights, palmyra, virginia | rod nasbe / photography

Read more.. Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

short pump mall, richmond, virginia | rod nasbe / photography

Read more.. Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

lewis ginter botanical garden, richmond, virginia | rod nasbe / photography

The Conservatory

According to the Garden’s website, this sculpture is a large version of Hans Godo Fräbel’s 1979 “Tower of Babel.”

Cavorting Clowns Fountain, in the Conservatory’s Dome House (below)

The Garden’s website describes this fountain as follows: Hans Godo Fräbel, renowned for his playful figures in glass,created this large fountain in 2006. Based on his illustrious Cavorting Clown theme, the fountain stands over 10’ tall and 7’ in diameter. The Cavorting Clown series brought international recognition to Fräbel when he was chosen as an Absolut Vodka Artist in 1987, the very first glass artist to be honored with this title. Other artists with this distinction are the late Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Each one of the clowns is made of blown glass, and they likely were created in pieces—arms, legs, head, torso—and joined together at the torch. After time in the annealing kiln, where the object slowly cools down, the clowns are sandblasted. Fräbel’s virtuoso artistry is apparent in the balanced physical proportions of each figure, and the way each clown comes alive with distinctive gestures and movements.

Japanese Tea House – open for lunch and dinner.

Model of a diner in the doll house exhibit in the Library.

Read more.. Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010