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I am late to this challenge from WordPress, but I have a good excuse.

Which I am not sharing at this point.

Regardless, the family and I are back in the Old Free Colony (my made up term for the Virgina-Maryland-DC area) which means we have the opportunity to visit all the jewels that comprise the Smithsonian Institution.

My answer to the challenge of “fleeting moment” comes courtesy of our visit to the National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall.

On the second floor of this museum is the Hope Diamond. This 45-carat diamond is displayed on a rotating stand in the center of a room so that more people have the chance to see it.

I waited patiently for the stand to swivel to me so that I could take my picture of this brilliant piece of ice. However, my camera was a tad less than responsive so that I when pressed down my shutter button, the electronics in my Nikon decided to take their own sweet time in transferring the image in front of me onto its memory card. In that time, the stand began its rotation to the next cardinal point, but I did (by accident) manage to catch a ray of light glistening off this legendary blue diamond.

The Hope Diamond

Look for this in the Harry Winston Gallery

Given a hundred more chances, I don’t think I would be able to capture this fleeting moment precisely again.

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