The Washington Monument is the iconic structure of the city of Washington DC and I have been photographing it since 1999 when I first got serious about photography. Yet despite the numerous images I’ve made of it in the 15 years since then, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I never made it to the top during that time. But even though I do have a few excuses—such as an earthquake—it serves no purpose to bore you with a recitation of them. Instead, I have seen the error of my ways and I fully intend to be up there as soon as possible when it re-opens next month. Details about the re-opening are below, but first a few highlights from the past 15 years are in order, not necessarily in a chronological order.