Last week the Washington Monument reopened for visitors after an earthquake in 2011 caused more than 150 cracks in the structure. I remember feeling the quake even here in Raleigh 250 miles to the south. My daughter recognized it immediately. "Earthquake!!!" she yelled. I thought it to be just a large truck that went by the house. Back in 2012, the family went up to DC to see my wife's sister and do a little sightseeing. I had forgotten about the scaffolding that was being built up around the monument, but fortunately a fog bank rolled in early one morning and I was able to capture the monument without seeing any of the scaffold that was already halfway up the structure. Made for a nice image.
Worked as a photographer in Raleigh for over 30 years in various capacities from news photojournalism and sports photography in the 80's to corporate annual report and advertising into the 2000's. Simon has produced greeting cards which have sold over 3 million copies and counting.