April 01, 2012

Being a photographer has many perks and being able to take work on the road is one of them! In March, I headed to beautiful DC to visit a few friends.

I had a morning to myself one day and after receiving many wonderful suggestions from everyone on Facebook, settled for Arlington Cemetery. First up was a ride on the metro. I LOVE, love, I mean LOVE the metro. People watching at it’s absolute best, if you ask me. Even better than the airport! (But unlike an airport, I feel the need to blend in with my fellow metro riders. I pretend to know which direction I’m going and keep my excitement in check.)

Here are some photos from the Clarendon metro station which was very, very empty! I’m trying some new photo processing things and am really loving the vintage feel of this post.

Next up, Arlington Cemetery itself. I had no real purpose in mind when I arrived and was pretty content just wandering. However, my eye caught this electronic kiosk that allowed you to type the name of an individual buried in Arlington. My grandfather did a genealogy a while back and I was surprised to see the number of Badgers (maiden name) who fought in many of our nation’s wars. The first Badger that popped up was named Oscar C. Badger. Armed with a map of the location of his gravestone, I headed to check it out…

I’m not sure how the world has come to this, but I found a nice place to rest while walking and actually read about this relative (who I’ve never heard of) on my phone. Turns out, there is a whole line of Badgers buried in Arlington who were distinguished naval officers. In fact, there are a few large ships named after this group of Badgers. Charles was a cousin to George Edmund Badger, a former Raleigh resident who was Secretary of the Navy, and whose old law office you can find in Mordecai Park in Raleigh.

Walking through the cemetery really makes you realize that every single stone represents a person with a family story, too. I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s so true.