I'm in Washington, DC for a couple of days. It's my second visit to the city and I absolutely love it. I've never been to a place where there is so much to do for free. Yesterday I went to the American Indian Museum which is fascinating and touching. One of things that caught my attention was the waterproof and almost-transparent seal gut parka made by the Inupiaq. My photo didn't turn out, but here's what it looked like. It's one of the most beautiful and functional items of clothing I've ever seen.
The other photo is the Portal Gates, which are set in the wall of the Renwick Gallery, leading nowhere, and were forged by master blacksmith Albert Paley. For obvious reasons, these appeal to the fantasy writer/reader in me.