This afternoon, Shira, My Mother-in-Law and I explored the US Botanic Gardens and the relatively nearby World War II Memorial.
How, with my love of all things outdoors and all things photographic, have I never been to the gardens? It's been 15 years, what the heck was I waiting for?
The Botanic Gardens are truly outstanding! They are pretty large, especially considering their location in DC, and they are absolutely teeming with pretty and fascinating species. From cacti to orchids, to a cocoa tree, to ancient species that look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book, there was absolutely no shortage of stuff to gape at and photograph. Although, I can't take credit for most of these photos. When we entered the conservatory building I handed the camera to Shira who went to work.
After taking in the gardens we zipped over to the World War II Memorial. I'd been there before, but my Mother-in-Law hadn't. She was quite impressed, to say the least. It was a treat taking in the memorial with someone who was experiencing it for the first time.
Such a fun day!