So anyway...Now it is a happier time (I have a job I love and no longer look like a skeleton), and I got to experience the garden all over again. It is absolutely beautiful, especially this time of year. The decorations for the holidays are lovely, and because it's cold outside and all the trees have lost their leaves, it's nice to go to a place where the plants are in full bloom!
Here are some pictures I took when I visited earlier this week. Enjoy!
Poinsettias were everywhere!
|This is the gorgeous chandelier you see when you first walk in!|
|Another bear had some sort of plant on its head that made it look like it had hair!|
|The Smithsonian Institution Building (or "The Castle")|
|The Jefferson Memorial. You can see T.J. in there!|
|And you can see Honest Abe in the Lincoln Memorial, too!|
|The White House, of course! Too bad we couldn't see the other side of it...|
|The Supreme Court Building|
|Library of Congress|
|And of course the Botanic Garden needs a replica of itself!|
|There was even a miniature of the Albert Einstein Memorial Statue!|
|The metamorphosis of a butterfly! How amazing!|
|They're lightning bugs, see?|
|Look at the intricate detail!|
|These are amazing!|
|There were several "rooms" you could peak in. This one is home to bats (see them handing from the ceiling?).|
Afterward, we took a look at the Christmas tree in front of the Capitol Building:
|The replica first...|
|And the real thing. Restoration is still going on, hence the fuzzy haze over the Capitol.|
|It doesn't seem quite as big as the one in Rockefeller Center...|
|My friends as flowers!|
|Getting in the holiday spirit!|