Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/800; 81mm.

Shot at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.

Entries in to the “Photo of the Week!” series are typically published on Fridays, but given recent events, a special edition this Thursday instead seemed more appropriate. There was another peaceful, long-awaited transition of power in the United States yesterday, and it’s time to take a deep sigh of relief, reflect on the state of affairs, and celebrate democracy before getting back to work; accordingly, a one-time Friday “Daily Flyer” newsletter (dedicated to President Biden no less) will be released tomorrow on January 22. Stay tuned!

Over the past year, several POTWs dabbled in/explored political themes, and today’s is probably one of the most overt. This was never an editorial choice — The Higher Flyer is and always will be a travel blog devoted to serving a relatively niche audience — but the happenings of 2020 made politics an unavoidable part of life in the United States. It’s been turbulent and exhausting, but by opening a new chapter in American history and closing another as we did yesterday, there’s reason for hope, optimism, and a return to normalcy. It’s fitting that it was beautiful in Washington on Inauguration Day, with blue skies and the sun basking the site of the most horrific episode in our democracy’s recent memory. Let this be a harbinger of good things to come.

The COVID-19 pandemic still rages, the economy is in tatters with millions out of work, the United States has squandered its worldwide standing, and that doesn’t even begin to cover the work that lays ahead. There’s still so much we need to do as a country so that all of us are well-served by our government and our peers; yesterday brings a fresh start. Regardless of your personal beliefs, we should all root for President Biden and Vice President Harris, as their successes are our successes. Onwards!

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Click here for a recap of the Inaugural ceremonies (via the Washington Post).