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Washington, DC, was hit by a blizzard on January 3. The city was closed for the event. Click on the image for a larger view.

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One of the Asian elephants at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Click on the image for a larger view.

A panda with its back against the glass barrier feeding at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Many of the animals were indoors because of the whether in DC–it is cooler than their natural climate, although the giant panda do enjoy snow days. This is the male, Tian Tian. Click on the image for a larger view.

Washington is not surprisingly a political place. The holiday season had its share of protests. The first is a voting rights demonstration outside the White House, the second was a white supremacist rally on the National Mall, ending at the Capitol Building. The police response was very different for each. Click on the images for a larger view.

Christmas at the Canadian Embassy. The National Gallery of Art is in the background. Click on the image for a larger view.