August 10, 2003

The National Arboretum

Yesterday afternoon, Andrew and I abandoned our responsibilities and ventured over to D.C. to visit the National Arboretum.

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There, we viewed the twenty-two Corinthian columns that once stood at the east portico of the U.S. Capitol.

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This is a shot of a column top resting directly on a bottom.

Pink Water Lily

The aquatic gardens, located just outside of the visitor's center, feature many different species of koi and water lilies. I thought this pink one turned out rather nicely.

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The white ones were washed out.

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Here is one of the Chinese lanterns that Andrew and I encountered in the courtyard on our way over to see the bonsai collection.

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The entrance to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.

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A bonsai tree. Andrew made the comment that a few look like there should be smurfs living beneath them.

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The entrance into the Chinese Pavilion.

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Here is the second of the Chinese lanterns Andrew and I found nestled in the trees.

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Another bonsai tree.

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The best looking bonsai at the exhibit, imho. It struck me as looking like a miniature forrest. The white wood is driftwood.

-- CrystalShiloh @ 07:26 PM