Still another majestic part of nature adorning DC architecture. This is the sunrise this morning on the Capitol dome. I wish I had a better camera with me.
The lions of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial were the inspiration for this site. They had made an impression on me, long before they gained prominence in the opening credits of “House of Cards” on Netflix. I have walked by these great cats, rendered in blue-green bronze, nearly every day for over a decade and they have become old friends that greet me warmly each morning. They have always stood out as my favorite feature of the sprawling memorial though the intricate and extensive battle scenes that sit to either side of them, and the towering statue of Grant on horseback get more attention.
These two lions get decorated for the holidays. They are recumbent and guard the entrance to a private residence on Capitol Hill. They appear to be a matched pair as molded sand sculptures.
I found two lions on the Canadian coat of arms. That might require a little research especially since the top one appears to be smiling and waving a maple leaf.
Given the sheer number of lions on this building I think it reasonable to use the word "festooned" when describing it. I do like the wavy details on either side of the head echoing the mane. There are easily 150 lions with one head under each window on at least three sides of the building. I may have to do a count one day.
I found these near 3rd and C Street SE embedded in the wall. They are typical of the door knocker style but there are three of them in the wall.