The National Arboretum in DC

I had extra time this afternoon so I got into a taxi and went over to the National Arboretum. It was my first time there and I didn’t know what to expect but I was really blown away by the variety. The park was immense and I am convinced that I walked somewhere between 8 and 10 miles. I took a lot of pictures and it will take a while to process them all, but I put a few beneath. The first one of that honeybee is worth a zoom to Flickr to see the larger sizes (click on +All Sizes above the picture), and the second one has some columns in the lower left that were the original columns from the capitol back in the 1800’s. The third one is a small Vietnamese child that apparently made a wrong turn in Hanoi.

By the way, there is no food to be found anywhere inside the arboretum, so you will have to live off the land.

HoneyBee

Flowered Arbor

Vietnamese Yoot

In DC at night

My plane landed late and I got into the hotel about 10:30 AM. I am pretty close to the mall so I threw on my iPod, queued up my weird new age playlist, and grabbed my camera to walk around outside and take pictures. The weather was perfect so I just wore a t-shirt and jeans, so as to not arouse suspicion while approaching national monuments with a big black backpack. I also chose to leave my Muslim prayer cap in the room.

The pictures below were taken at around midnight with HDR. The first is the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the tidal pool. The second is the Korean War memorial. The third is a huge bronze statue of FDR which turned out really cool in HDR.

Jefferson on Water

US Reflection on the Korean War

FDR in HDR

A Rather Interesting Picture

Sorry for the lack of updates – I flew to Washington DC for some meetings. I hope to get out and take a few good pics while I am here in my spare time!

This picture is NOT very popular with at least one member of the family, but it has collected about 30 comments and a ton of favorites in just about a day on Flickr.

Help Me

Lake Travis

We went down to Lake Travis for Mother’s day and I grabbed a few pictures that I will sprinkle in throughout the week. Here are the first few.

The Boats of Lake Travis

Burning Through the Clouds

In Chicago for the day

I went up to Chicago for the day and met one of my good friends and old business partners Denis. Here he is, chilling out in a coffee house with me before a meeting. He looks shiny and relaxed.

I would have grabbed more pictures, but I was just there for the day and it was freezing and raining outside!

Denis in Chicago

A few more flowers

Here are some recent flower pictures. I don’t know anything about flowers and I’m horrible at identifying them, so I tagged them all with “unidentified flower” in hopes that a botanist stops by my Flickr account and leaves the right flower names in the comments area.

Supernova

Hexagon 2

Five Points

An example of why MySpace is so crazy

Can be seen from this guy’s MySpace page.

Photographer of the Week – cool

Hey I won a nice honor from a photography group in LiveJournal called “BestShot”. It was for the Unicorn and the Volcano, which is not of a unicorn at all, but I have a feeling a lot of people zoomed in to see if it was really a unicorn!

The Unicorn and the Volcano

Hot in Austin

A cold front came through Austin and dropped a very muggy 92 degrees to very muggy 89 degrees. Here are some photos below that were impossible to take without sweating:

Texas Monolith

States Rights

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