D.C. is often portrayed as a land of monuments and politicians. We want to show you something more. These are the stories that matter to us — about the city, its people, and the lives they lead — sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, often messy, but always interesting.

The District of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we’re celebrating the love and kindness that we see all over the District. Our gallery of photos includes classic kisses, romantic pairings, friendship bonds, parent/child love, and lots of animal cuteness. The Kiss Frogs at the Arboretum, ©Rob Klug ©Rob Klug In front of the Supreme Court while the marriage equality…

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Close Encounters with Butterflies at the Smithsonian

The butterfly pavilion at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opened in 2007. At any one time, this enclosed 1,680-square-foot space hosts 300 to 400 butterflies, representing 50 species from the U.S., Mexico, Central & South America, Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia.

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Capturing space and time: The art of Matthew Parker

For a city that is photographed millions of times a year by over a million different photographers, nothing captures the District as uniquely as the photography of Matthew Parker. With special attention paid to space and time, Matthew is able to create amazing collages of the city, its monuments, events and neighborhoods. Capitol Hill, NE…

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Speaking for the Trees of New Hampshire Ave.

DC’s street trees help absorb carbon, improve air and water quality, provide shade, reduce air conditioning costs, block winter winds and can reduce heating costs, and, some argue, offer psychological and aesthetic benefits as well. More than a third of DC is covered by tree canopy, including about 145,000 street trees. Here are a few that I’m lucky to see…

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Fire Drill Fridays

Jane Fonda came to D.C. for four months to “bring the climate emergency to the axis of power,” creating a movement she titled Fire Drill Fridays. Fonda was inspired by youth climate activists, including Greta Thunberg, and from reading Naomi Klein’s book On Fire: The Case for a Green New Deal, to use the interval before filming the…

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How You See DC

We asked you for your favorite DC shots from 2019, not knowing what to expect. And, we were delighted with the results! Your views of the District were as varied as our city — there are portraits and landscapes; black and white and color photos; images that are stadium huge and still life intimate. You…

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