We got off the Metro at Capitol South which was practically right outside the Library of Congress. My mom had pushed to go there both before we left and right then, but I wasn't all that interested, but since we were right there, I said ok. I am glad we went in. I was blown away by it's opulence and grandeur. I also thought it was interesting that they had a display room of Bob Hope's career.
Here's a few pictures showing it's grandeur. It wasn't easy getting pictures, so I'm sorry for the poor quality, but if you haven't been before, I think you get the idea.
After a couple hours in there taking a tour, we went outside and decided to walk down the mall. I really didn't have any specific plans. I kind of like it that way.
Here's a picture of the capitol building. It appears that the statuary crowning the dome is surrounded by scaffolding. I guess it's under construction as well as the whole backside, like just about everything else in the DC area.
We then wandered down the pathway on the south side of the mall and ran across the botanic gardens. That was a great place to end up. As it should be, it was tremendously beautiful and so incredibly lush.
Here are several pics... I will post them small, but click on them and you'll see a larger one.
Row 1: Entrance landscaping, Bee on familiar yellow flower, Water Lily
Row 2: Water Lily, Ceramic Tile Wall from UC Davis, Glass Sculpture in pond
Row 3: Rio Grande Botanic Garden display, Sculpture pond view, Dinnerplate sized Hibiscus (i swear!)
Row 4: Rio Grande display with Am. Indian museum in background, interior display, same, unknown awesome flower spike.
The grounds were incredible and well taken care of. The only drawback was that more plants were not labeled. It was kind of random what was and what wasn't.
And for my crowning glory... well of that day... a quick slideshow. Enjoy! :)
Look for some pics coming soon on my Mom's blog too!
I will continue Day Six in the next post... the memorial section!