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What's That? #2

What's That? is back for week #2. Each week, I'll show small close-up photographs of three different well-known places in Washington, DC. The first person to get all three will win recognition of his or her genius when I reveal the answers a few days later.

Here's the set for this week:

The comment settings are worked out, so post your guesses in the comments. Comments won't appear by default to avoid spoilers, but you can click to see them (ideally after you take a guess yourself).

Michael Rogers is the director of the National Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative and a Media Fellow at the New Organizing Institute, where he develops nationwide media programs. Michael is the executive editor of PageOneQ and director of business development for Raw Story. He has lived in Adams Morgan for 14 years. 


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1. Zoo
2. Hirshhorn Museum
3. Theodore Roosevelt Bridge

by TimK on Nov 29, 2009 1:59 pm • linkreport

The Zoo sign, the Hirshhorn, and Teddy Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.

by Squalish on Nov 29, 2009 2:09 pm • linkreport

Damnnit. If I hadn't took that detour through Flickr to get to Bing Maps birdseye and then Wikipedia for the bridge, I might have won.

by Squalish on Nov 29, 2009 2:12 pm • linkreport

1. Zoo sign
2. Hershorn Museum
3. Railroad bridge- yellow line across Potomac

by Wayan on Nov 29, 2009 2:36 pm • linkreport

National Zoo sign, Hirshhorn, and a bridge support that's out of focus.

by PeakVT on Nov 29, 2009 2:47 pm • linkreport

Out of focus bridge

by Squalish on Nov 29, 2009 3:00 pm • linkreport

I think the first photo is one of the O's on the entrance sign to the National Zoo.

by Jimmy on Nov 29, 2009 3:05 pm • linkreport

1. National Zoo sign.
2. Hisrchhorn?
3. Teddy Roosevelt Bridge

by Alex B. on Nov 29, 2009 3:08 pm • linkreport

last one is the US 50 bridge over the potomac, I'm stumped on the rest.

by Michael Perkins on Nov 29, 2009 3:13 pm • linkreport

now I have to hide it and see how many my wife gets. She's a lifetime native here.

by Michael Perkins on Nov 29, 2009 3:15 pm • linkreport

#1 the Zoo sign
#2 the Hirschorn
#3 Theodore Roosevelt Bridge

by Dan C. on Nov 29, 2009 3:20 pm • linkreport

#1 is at the entrance to the National Zoo. This is the only one I have any real confidence in.
#2 looks like the Pan-American Health Organization, but given the camera angle I think it has to be a building that can be looked down on easily, so I'll go with my second guess, the Hirshhorn.
#3 might be the railroad bridge next to the 14th Street bridge.

by cminus on Nov 29, 2009 3:29 pm • linkreport

  1. The 'O' in 'Zoo' at the National Zoo.
  2. The Hirshhorn
  3. ?

by Eric F. on Nov 29, 2009 3:46 pm • linkreport

#1 is the wall around the new ATF HQ on New York Ave.
#2 is the Hirshorn entrance on Independence Ave. from above
#3 is a strut for the Metro Yellow Line Bridge in East Potomac Park.

by Keith on Nov 29, 2009 4:26 pm • linkreport

Pretty sure the first one is one of the Os in the big concrete 'ZOO' outside the National Zoo.
The second looks like an aerial view of part of the Hirshorn.
The last appears to be a bridge support - given the age, I think it's the Long Bridge where it crosses the Mt. Vernon Trail.

by Distantantennas on Nov 29, 2009 4:45 pm • linkreport

1: Zoo Sign

2: Hirshhorn Museum

3: Roosevelt Bridge pier.

by Neil Flanagan on Nov 29, 2009 5:10 pm • linkreport

The zoo

The Hirschorn

The 14th St bridge

by Tm on Nov 29, 2009 7:32 pm • linkreport

Zoo sign
Hirshorn door

by Sharyn on Nov 29, 2009 7:34 pm • linkreport

1. Zoo Sign
2. Hirschorn
3. Cappital Crescent Trail Bridge over C and O canal.

by David on Nov 29, 2009 8:22 pm • linkreport

Left is the DC zoo, right is the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.

by Joshua Davis on Nov 29, 2009 9:02 pm • linkreport

1. ZOO sign at East entrance to the National Zoo
2. HUD building at L'Enfant Plaza
3. I'm guessing: DC side of 14th St. Bridge

by Ward 1 Guy on Nov 29, 2009 11:21 pm • linkreport

Am I the only person in DC who did not recognize the Hirschorn? Grrr.

by Ward 1 Guy on Nov 29, 2009 11:23 pm • linkreport

The National Zoo sign
The Hirschhorn
The Roosevelt Memorial Bridge

by Jeff on Nov 29, 2009 11:55 pm • linkreport

The National Zoo
The Hirshorn Museum
The 14th St Bridge?

by Justin..... on Nov 30, 2009 2:28 am • linkreport

The National Zoo entrace, the Hirshhorn and the TR Bridge.

by Paul on Nov 30, 2009 9:20 am • linkreport

I'm pretty sure the one on the left is the Zoo sign, I'm guessing from the Connecticut Avenue entrance. No clue on the others.

by Malnurtured Snay on Nov 30, 2009 11:46 am • linkreport

I believe number 1 is the 'o' in "zoo", cast in concrete at an entrance to the National Zoo. (There's more than one, so I don't know which one.) If I'm right, the photo is either clocked at an odd angle, or I've misremembered the angle of the sculpture. But the shape and texture are the same.

by John Curran on Nov 30, 2009 1:06 pm • linkreport

Number 2 is the entrance of the Hirshhorn Museum that faces Independence Avenue. Definitely.

by John Curran on Nov 30, 2009 1:10 pm • linkreport

first one- National Zoo sign
second one- Hirschorn Museum
third- not sure which bridge- but definitely a Potomac River crossing- perhaps Memorial Bridge- it has nice stonework on the bottom

by w on Nov 30, 2009 2:28 pm • linkreport

Much easier this time.

1. National ZOO, conn ave
2. Hirschorn (sp?) Museum
3. A train bridge. I'm not sure how you're supposed to guess which one based on this photo, but I'll go with the one over the Potomac River next to the Metrorail bridge.

by Josh S on Nov 30, 2009 2:54 pm • linkreport

Entry to National Zoo (easy)
Hirschhorn Museum (the curve was the bit hint, but the door clinched the deal)
14th-street bridge or maybe the TR bridge, not sure.

by gary` on Nov 30, 2009 4:41 pm • linkreport

1. the natl zoo sign
2. the aia building on NY ave
3. footing of the TR bridge

by Marchant Wentworth on Nov 30, 2009 8:14 pm • linkreport

Hirshhorn Museum?

by Johnlw on Dec 1, 2009 6:33 am • linkreport

1) close up of the National Zoo sign. 2) Detail of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 3) Detail of a support for the Roosevelt Bridge.

by Kent on Dec 1, 2009 12:17 pm • linkreport

I suggested this very thing on the WMATA facebook page! I'm glad somebody else thought of it too!

by Kevin SB on Dec 2, 2009 9:23 pm • linkreport

The answers are here:

by Mike Rogers on Dec 28, 2009 9:16 am • linkreport

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