On a walk with my family the other day, we decided to go check out the replica of L’Hermione that has been docked at the Old Town Waterfront. The original ship was sailed by the Marquis de Lafayette on his return to America, and was part of the eventual blockade that signaled the end of the Revolutionary War.
It’s a beautiful replica and quite a presence in port. Unfortunately, our walk was during broad daylight and, besides being packed with people, it was hard to get any compelling photos of the ship in that light. I did get a nice detail of a member of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation demonstrating shipbuilding techniques, and another of the flags at the ship’s stern.
Thinking about the light (and beating the crowds), I resolved to wake up before dawn yesterday morning and take more photos. Well I didn’t beat the crowds (there were other people with my same idea!) but I did get some nice light, and some beautiful clouds. See below for two of my favorite photos from the morning’s excursion.