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A Photographers Retreat: The US Botanic Gardens

Yesterday my photographer friends and my non photographer friends (a.k.a. the willing photography subjects) decided to go to the Botanic Gardens. Why Not? It was a beautiful day, a bit hot, but clear skies as far as the eye can see.

Had to start the trip off the right way.

Had to start the trip off the right way.

The US Botanic Gardens are located on the right side of the Capitol. Depending on which scenic route you prefer you can access it via the Navy Memorial Metro, the Smithsonian Metro, or the Capitol South Metro Station.

I'm so confused, is this Hawaii or Washington DC?

I’m so confused, is this Hawaii or Washington DC?

I suggest starting outside before you go inside, or even bring a picnic and sit outside in the circle.

I'm sure we all could have stayed at the Botanic Gardens all day, but we have an amazing appetite, and there are no good restaurants inside.

I’m sure we all could have stayed at the Botanic Gardens all day, but we have an amazing appetite, and there are no good restaurants inside.

Sadly, only one water lily was in bloom.

Sadly, only one water lily was in bloom.

Just watch out for the bugs.

Outside of the Botanic Gardens, I could have gotten lost in the garden maze. I think I came home with at least 200 photos.

Outside of the Botanic Gardens, I could have gotten lost in the garden maze. I think I came home with at least 200 photos.

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You might be a little bit too late, but the Botanic Gardens is having an Amber Wheats of Grain Exhibit, just outside of the front doors.

Amber wheats of grain exhibit.

Willing Photo Subject #1

Or Maybe you can just hang around the gazebo, or the beautiful bridges scattered throughout the gardens.

The Photographer in her natural habitat. Yes, I did hide in the bushes to get this shot.

The Photographer in her natural habitat. Yes, I did hide in the bushes to get this shot.

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Willing Photo Subject #2

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Troll Bridge

The Rose Garden smells like an expensive perfume store, except my nose didn’t feel like it was about to explode when I left.

Pictures of people taking pictures

Pictures of people taking pictures

But enough of the actual Gardens, and lets go inside.

The Orchid Room at high noon is quite possibly the closest I will ever get to feeling like I'm in an actual rainforest in Washington DC.

The Orchid Room at high noon is quite possibly the closest I will ever get to feeling like I’m in an actual rainforest in Washington DC.

Willing photography subject #1

It was really misty in the Orchid Room.

Pink Orchids

Pink Orchids

Purple Orchids

Purple Orchids

You can go outside when your inside ?! (that was an attempt at an interrabang, which sadly failed).

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

Bamboo is too much fun to photograph.

Bamboo is too much fun to photograph.

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There are so many interesting little nooks and crannies within the US Botanic Gardens, maybe instead of reading my post you should just go. Hurry up, it’s free!

I loved that the kids in the Botanic Gardens were having so much fun.

I loved that the kids in the Botanic Gardens were having so much fun.

The Dinosaur room.

The Dinosaur room.

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Stinky fly flowers.

Stinky fly flowers.

3-D(esserts)

3-D(essert)

All I can say is that this wasn’t the first time I went to the US Botanic Gardens, and it most certainly isn’t the last time either.

Photographs of Photographers

Photographs of Photographers

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1 Comment

  1. Janell Nelson says

    You are out of this world!!! Great photos. Submit some local papers even there at the Garden.

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