My mother is an avid gardener, and (through contact with so many of my bloggy friends) I've come to enjoy taking pictures of flowers. So, a visit to the U.S. Botanic Gardens was a no-brainer.
I could flood you with all kinds of pictures of roses and orchids, but I'll limit today's selections to what I thought was the most beautiful and interesting. They have an extensive rose garden outside with at least 15 different varieties of roses ... among other things. I though the combination of the coral and purple looked lovely together.
Must have my rose close-up of course. (Thank you Quilly for teaching me how to have a steadier hand.)
There were these twin pools on the east and west side of the buildings. (I think, I was always getting confused about my directions in D.C.)
In the desert terrain area, there was this freaky cactus that looked like a couple spiny octopi. I think that we have these in West Texas, and if I recall correctly, they turn red in the fall. Very dramatic!
And last, but not least ... a momma ducky and her little babies ... so cute.
I've got to be honest. There was a professional looking photographer at the garden that day, and I got inspiration on a couple of my shots (especially the duckies) by seeing where she set up her camera. I wasn't following her, honest, but I figured if she thought something was a good shot, I should as least investigate it.
Have a great week!