Bloomfield out and about: Jocks down the mall; George Bellows discovered; blue skies and afghan lamb chops

Next stop in the Bloomfield road trip was Washington DC. A day on the national mall in searing October heat allowed us to take in most if the main sights.
The colours of autumn against a blue sky made the Capitol picture perfect
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After close scrutiny I deduced they were a college football team or some such. Fine specimens and they knew it.
We found time to pop into the National Museum of Art and an exhibition of George Bellows' paintings prints and sketches. I'd never come across him before. A contemporary of Edward Hopper, he had both a superb sense of colour and line, but also a documentary eye from his work as an illustrator, capturing life in early 20th century New York and Los Angeles with enormous energy whether it be underground boxing, elections, preachers or just street life.
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And also to the sculpture garden where this fabulous metal tree by Roxy Paine glinted in the sun amongst it's wooden cousins
20121008-213357.jpg We also made it over to Georgetown where I ate Afghan lamb chops with goats cheese quinoa and pomegranate maple jus - worthy of a mention as I'm still salivating at the thought of them now.