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Description of Pictures: On September 11, I was on leave from work, writing a long description of my just-completed three-week trip to New England. I had no idea what had happened until a friend called from California somewhere around 2pm. As a result, I always felt that I had missed a fair amount of the feeling of September 11 and that probably helped account for why I ended up visiting the Pentagon, the World Trade Center site, and the Shanksville Pennsylvania site (where the fourth plane had crashed).
When I came into work the day after, I went into my boss' office and found she could still see smoke rising from the Pentagon building. During lunch, I tried to walk to the Pentagon. The streets were pretty well empty of tourists and pedestrians but there were lots of police around. As I neared the Pentagon, I ran into a police line. They said there were rumors of another missing plane and sent us on our way.
Afterward, I went to a parking garage at Pentagon City which gave me a view of the damaged section of the Pentagon. It's amazing to consider that a chunk of the Interstate runs right by it. It must have been hell during the attack.
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
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911DC_010912_01.JPG: I wanted to walk to the Pentagon so I got on the streets and started moving. They were empty except for a lot of cops from all sorts of jurisdictions.
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2001 photos: Image quality is going to be pretty bad because these are scans of negatives and prints. They were usually taken on a Pentax ME-Super.
This was the year of 9/11 and many of the places that had been commonplace to visit beforehand suddenly became a pain in the neck or not available at all. I took a two-week trip right before 9/11 in New England and then took a one-week trip afterward to North Carolina.