The scaffolding is fully erected on the Washington Monument now to repair the damage from the VA earthquake that happened in August of 2011.
This week we started getting some pretty nice days in DC. At least they have been better than last week with rain and overcast days most of the time. It just so happened that the nice days occurred when the scaffolding around the Washington Monument was finished up to the top. In August 2011 there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia which damaged the stones making up the Washington Monument. Subsequently the monument was closed to visitors as the damage was assessed. They’ve now gotten to the point of getting the scaffolding fully erected to start repairing the monument.
You can see here two workers at the very top finishing off the last of the scaffolding:
A lot of people don’t like the scaffolding and think it ruins the look of the monument. I guess I look at it the other way, it’s only temporary that it’s going to be there and it gives a different look to the monument while it’s there. I’ve been waiting for it to finally get done to the top to start photographing it. Already have ideas for some sunrise and night shots of the monument!