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From My Sketchbook – The Travelers

We just arrived back home from a quick trip to Washington, D.C.  We were too early for the cherry blossoms, although I LOVED my visit to see the orchid show at the United States Botanical Garden.  (In case you missed my post about the visit, you can still see the photos here.)

Also memorable was our visit to the Holocaust Museum.  Memorable isn’t the only word that describes that experience, though.  Haunting, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, disturbing, sad, overwhelming, and inspiring are also apt.  In any case, our D.C. trip felt very full and I confess that my sketchbook got a little forgotten.

But I did capture this young couple yesterday waiting for their train in Union Station.

Quick sketch of young couple sitting at Union Station

My Favorite Things – The Orchid Show at the United States Botanic Garden

Because just about now, I’m desperate to see FLOWERS!

Fortunately, I’m currently in Washington, D.C. and had a free afternoon to myself today in which to see the (free) orchid exhibit at the United States Botanic Garden .

Although I knew I wouldn’t remember all of the the names of the different types of orchids (the collection contains over 5,000 specimens), here are some of my favorites!

green orchid and shadow

purple orchid

yellow orchid

pale pink orchids

orange orchids

colorful orchids

ladyslipper orchid

pale yellow green orchids

peach orchids

yellow orchid sprig against a grey background

spidery orchids

yellow and white mini orchids

The exhibit features far more than just orchids, though.  In the Garden Primeval I spotted these pretty brush-like flowers…

pink brush flower

While the prickly thistle was one of the interesting plants blooming in the Medicinal Plants garden.


While not exactly flowers, the shape of these cactus plants comes close enough in my book…not to mention that cacti are fast becoming my g0-to plants for our New York apartment!

pale grey green cacti

prickly cactus

The exhibit includes spice plants, like this Allspice bush…

allspice plant

And berries (these just happen to be coffee!) 

coffee beans

The number of  fruit varieties (starfruit)…

star fruit



(Kumquats)…make the visitor feel like they’ve stepped into a veritable garden of Eden.


And, yes, there are even cocoa beans to help round out the fascinating exhibits!

cocoa beans

P.S. In case flowers aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of beautiful foliage in the Hawaiian and Tropics rooms to keep you interested!

leaves with pretty patterns2

green palm fronds

leaves with pretty patterns

My Favorite Things – Flower Power

I’m in Washington, D.C. on tour this week with the New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center.  Although the weather was gorgeous the day we arrived, it’s turned cloudy and cold ever since…which is not so bad when you have to be indoors rehearsing, but puts a definite damper on sightseeing! After hibernating in the hotel room this morning, I finally got up the courage to pile on some layers and go for a brisk walk.   And I was so glad I did.  The grey skies were the perfect foil for the vibrant blossoms that are bursting forth on many of the trees.

There was a softness to the statues…

magnolia blossoms framing two statues

And columns.

Magnolia blossoms against columns

Historic hotels looked majestic…

white cherry blossoms against stone building

And the crisp air was delicately perfumed.

magnolia blossoms

Just a tad romantic?  You bet!

white cherry blossoms