Friday, September 21, 2012

Washington DC

We always have a good time in Washington DC.  Whether we have one day or several days, we try to cram in as much as possible.  This time I had at least one item on my agenda that was non-negotiable.  

After reading Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland, I was determined to see the original at the Phillips Gallery.  The painting was everything I wanted it to be.  I could have studied it for hours.
We visited the International Gallery on the mall, one of our favorites.  The exhibition was one of portraits, but the person was never pictured - the portraits were composed of people, places, and objects important to the person being depicted.  Very interesting!
The castle on the mall is always worth a photo.
It seemed all the gardens were in great condition.  The mall itself is being revitalized.  New grass with spot-on,  cutting edge technology is being installed.  It's beautiful!
Getting off the metro at the Archives stop is a great way to see the Navy doing a little flag-raising.  Looking great, Sailors!
It was BOOK FAIR time as it can only be on the national mall.
The National Museum of Natural History is impossible to pass up.  This time around the special exhibit was
All kinds of mammals.
This number was changing so fast it was hard to capture.  Lots of folks, huh?
I'll admit I'm a sucker for it.  I never get tired of looking at the mall from one end to the other.
At the Botanical Garden, the special exhibit was Carnivorous Plants,
but the orchids always steal our hearts!