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Saturday, October 7th, 2023 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Where We Will Meet

North Side of Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall

Where The Walk Will End

We will end at the same location we started

About This Walk

DC Monuments by Night Part 2!  Come join us!

Hello!  My name is John Dukes and I am a professional photographer located in Maryland.  I would really love for you to join us on what promises to be a very interesting, fun and beautiful walk.  This will be my second time leading a photowalk and it will be a sequel to what was a fabulous walk we had last year.

Last year, we had such an awesome time walking around the reflecting pool in Washington DC that we wanted to do another Washington DC sunset and evening walk around our Nation’s Capital.  We had many attendees walking with us last year, and the feedback I received was so positive, I wanted to do it another version of it.  This time, we will explore, walk and photograph the National Mall on the western side of the Washington Monument and it promises to be another amazing experience like we had last year.

You will be able to photograph some beautiful and fascinating architecture, where the past, present and future meet all in one geographical area.  The terrain will be mostly flat and easy to walk.  We will start around sunset and capture the magic and beauty of Washington DC as the evening approaches.  After the walk, I will arrange for us to enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant so we can share in our adventures together.

Come join us. Make new friends and enjoy one of the most beautiful and most visited national parks in the USA!  Hope to see you there!

Join Walk

Helpful Information for TravelersSeptember 14th, 2023

Greetings everyone, and Happy Thursday!

Our photowalk in Washington DC is just a few weeks away, and we’re thrilled to have 15 people already signed up to join us. We’d like to extend a warm thank you to those of you who are traveling from out of town to be part of this event.

For our traveling participants, we want to ensure you have all the necessary information to make your trip as smooth as possible. Here are some travel tips:

Consider traveling by train if feasible, with Union Station being the primary Amtrak station in the Nation’s Capital. Parking in DC can be expensive and inconvenient, so relying on the city’s excellent metro service, as well as ride-sharing options like Uber, Lyft, and city taxis, is often more convenient.

Our meeting point for the start of the walk is the Smithsonian Castle. You can reach this location via the Smithsonian metro station, served by the Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines of the Metro System. When exiting the station, choose the Mall Exit (12th St. at Jefferson Drive SW) for easy access. The DC Metro system is known for its convenience, cleanliness, and comfort.

As for accommodations, we recommend staying in the Northwest (NW) region of Washington DC, which is close to attractions and the National Mall while being a safe choice. Here are some hotel recommendations:

Omni Shoreham Hotel – 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC, 20008. This hotel is in a fantastic area, close to the zoo and Dupont Circle, offering cleanliness and comfort.

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center – 627 H Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001. This option offers great value and convenience to Chinatown, the National Mall, and Smithsonian.

Washington Hilton – 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20009. While it may be slightly pricier, this property is outstanding in terms of cleanliness, safety, and location.

You can find excellent hotel deals on, where you can sort options by price and ratings. If you have any questions or need advice about Washington DC, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at I’m very familiar with the city and its neighborhoods.

Additionally, we’re arranging a post-walk dinner at the City Tap House Penn Quarter restaurant, located at 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. We had a blast there last year, and we hope you can join us for some good food, fun, and laughter. You can learn more about the restaurant and view the menu at

We can’t wait to see all of you at the photowalk! It’s a pleasure to welcome back those who attended last year and to meet new friends as well. Expect another update from me next week. Have a fantastic weekend!

Warm regards,

Greetings and UpdateAugust 31st, 2023

Greetings to you all for registering for our Washington DC Monuments By Night Part 2 photowalk! I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your joining us. Anticipate an awesome time ahead!

A special shout-out to those who joined us for last year’s nocturnal monuments walk in DC – and are joining us once again! To those joining us for the first time, a warm welcome and sincere thanks for being part of this. Last year was exceptional, and I am certain this year will be equally enjoyable!

In the approaching weeks, expect some updates via email and regular check-ins here. While the awaited day draws near, you might consider ordering your 2023 Kelbyone Photowalk t-shirts, which are presently accessible for online orders. Visit the Kelbyone store on Dazzle to find them:

Amidst our photography adventures, leisurely strolls, and making new friends, let’s not forget our contribution to a noble cause. We’re also extending our support to the Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage – an organization dedicated to nurturing, housing, educating, and empowering young orphans, enabling them to thrive. We kindly request each participant to contribute and make a meaningful impact on these children’s lives. Every donation matters, and that’s why we’re embarking on this mission!

Thank you once again! Expect further updates in the approaching weeks. Your enrollment is deeply appreciated. Many thanks!

Warm regards,

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