Adventures in the Botanical Garden

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So I found myself at the United States Botanical Garden this weekend! Sort of by accident. I initially set out to the National Gallery of Art to see an exhibit on marginalia in books (yeah, I am super fun at parties), but when I arrived, I was informed that it was not open on weekends. I would love for someone to explain to me how that makes any sense. I was already at the National Mall, so I decided to go to the Botanical Garden, since I had never been there.

I only had my camera phone with me, so I had to make do. I honestly feel like photographing flowers is a lot like shooting fish in a barrel, but whatever. In celebration of summer, here are some moments in the garden I thought were beautiful:

(Click any picture to make it bigger…they look better with details!)

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A cactus flower and a peony. 

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A monarch butterfly and some kind of…flower (I’m a photographer, not a botanist).

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A happy little bumble bee and some kind of….other plant. 

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The back of a leaf and some prickly plant thing.

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A pretty flower and a honey bee. 

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A rose (finally something I can identify!) and…something else.

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Flowers growing out of the separation between the stones and a little bug on a flower (if anyone knows what this is, let me know!)

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A honey bee going about his business and a leaf with thorns.

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More of the same leaves and the top of some kind of plant.

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Some colorful orchids and the craziest looking leaf I’ve ever seen.

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Colorful flowers.

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More pretty flowers.

I had a lot of fun taking these pictures and was very impressed by the patience of the bees. I had to get very close to take those pictures, and they didn’t mind at all….except for a particularly nosy bumblebee who tried to fly into my phone.

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