Photographing the war memorials in and around Washington, DC is one of my favorite things to do. They are incredibly reflective spots and photographing them forces you to spend more time, and give greater attention, than you would on a normal visit.
When I arrived at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, there were plenty of tourists coming and going. Many arrived on chartered tour buses as the sun set.
But once it was dark, I suddenly realized I was the only person there. It did not last long, however. After a few minutes, emerging from the pitch blackness, two or three members of the Navy in their dress-white uniforms appeared. No one said a word to anyone else, but enjoying the monument with no one else but a few current members of the military was a special treat.