Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Waterfall in Autumn / by Todd Henson

Part of the FDR Memorial showing a waterfall and quotation in autumn.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. is a large memorial with a lot to see. It has waterfalls and sculptures and is full of quotations from FDR. The memorial is spread out with different sections separated from others by various features. I think it’s really well done. I enjoy walking through it looking for new angles to photograph.

The photo above shows one small part of the memorial, with a waterfall and pool, a tree whose leaves are changing colors, and a quotation from January 9, 1940 from FDR’s second term. The quotation reads:

We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 9, 1940

I performed a lot of dodging and burning on this image trying to bring out the beauty of the location, enhancing the colors in the leaves and drawing attention to the waterfall and the quotation.

If you’re ever in the D.C. area, stop by and visit the memorial yourself. It’s well worth the visit.

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