Photographer's Note

There appears to be a UFO in this image. If you look closely, you can see the bottom tip of what appears to be a flying saucer object within the black clouds. I did not notice this at the time I took it, only seeing it after downloading from the camera. It could have resulted from the reflection in my camera lens and or sensor. I would be more than happy to hear a more plausible explanation.

This is the Arlington Memorial Bridge flanked on both ends with street lamps and the Lincoln Monument at a distance. The Arlington Memorial Bridge is a significant element in the neoclassical urban design of the National Capital as it evolved during the first third of the 20th century. Successfully integrated with Washington's grand plan, the bridge composition enhances the monumental city as well as the riverscape. The low, neo-classical bridge is 2,163 feet long and 90 feet between balustrades, carrying a 60-foot-wide roadway and 15-foot sidewalks.

Widely regarded as Washington's most beautiful bridge, Memorial Bridge symbolically links North and South in its alignment between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. The adjacent Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway terminus, Watergate steps, and monumental equestrian statuary join with the bridge in constituting a formal western terminus of the great Washington Mall composition at the edge of the Potomac. The bridge axis, angled southwesterly from the east west Mall axis, is carried on Memorial Avenue across the Boundary Channel Bridge to the Virginia shore. There it terminates at the Arlington Hemicycle, keystone of the grand renaissance gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, with Arlington House rising as the focal point on the hill above. The Virginia portion of Memorial Avenue approaching the cemetery serves as an "Avenue-of Heroes" for the placement of commemorative sculpture.

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