When I go to an oft photographed national monument, I get the tourist shot and then I look for something unique. It’s not always possible, but I prefer not to recycle someone else’s idea. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. The really great shots come from planning and opportunity. Certainly living in the city gives you better access. I was not on hand for the cherry blossoms. But, walking around I did get some shots that I liked. The Vietnam Memorial Wall was emotionally moving in a way that is hard to describe in words. The images really say it all.