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Nature Paradise: D.C.ís Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

We went back to the 700-acre Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., to see the lotuses and water lilies in advance of their annual festival next weekend, mainly to avoid the horrendous parking problems during the event.

Iím always amazed to find places of such incredible natural beauty like this in the District Ė only 12 minutes by car from our house. We had three cameras with us, two of whose lenses were on an incorrect setting, unfortunately, but we still managed to get some pictures of the flowers, pools, tidal marsh, dragonflies, butterflies, deer and birds.
Lit up
Lit up
Golden dragonfly
Golden dragonfly
The heart of a lotus
The heart of a lotus
The elusive heron
The elusive heron
Busy bee
Busy bee
The secret life of a lotus
The secret life of a lotus
Golden dragonfly revisted
Golden dragonfly revisted
Water lily reflected
Water lily reflected
Posing for a portrait
Posing for a portrait
Unexpected resident
Unexpected resident
Lotus pink
Lotus pink
Overshadowed
Overshadowed
Water lily and visitor
Water lily and visitor
Lotus trio
Lotus trio
Bee enjoying a blossom
Bee enjoying a blossom
Budding lotus
Budding lotus
The elusive heron yet again
The elusive heron yet again
Out in the tidal marsh
Out in the tidal marsh
Marsh residents
Marsh residents
Surprise at the aquatic gardens
Surprise at the aquatic gardens
A bit ragged at the edges
A bit ragged at the edges
Water lily glow
Water lily glow
No such thing as too many water lilies
No such thing as too many water lilies
Delicately tinged
Delicately tinged
Hot pink lily
Hot pink lily
Monarch at work
Monarch at work
A peek inside
A peek inside
At the tip of the bud
At the tip of the bud
Almost there
Almost there
The many-shadowed water lilies
The many-shadowed water lilies
The whimsical lotus
The whimsical lotus
An abundance of lotuses
An abundance of lotuses
Fishing egrets
Fishing egrets
My first ever butterfly!
My first ever butterfly!
Before and after
Before and after
Showy dragonfly
Showy dragonfly
The Great Egret encounter: Eek!
The Great Egret encounter: Eek!
Lily and reflection
Lily and reflection
The Great Egret encounter: Showing off
The Great Egret encounter: Showing off
Lounging
Lounging
The Great Egret encounter: Fluffed
The Great Egret encounter: Fluffed
Here's looking at you!
Here's looking at you!
The Great Egret encounter: Was it something I said?
The Great Egret encounter: Was it something I said?
A different take
A different take
The Great Egret encounter: Classic pose
The Great Egret encounter: Classic pose
Surrounded
Surrounded
The Great Egret encounter: Disheveled
The Great Egret encounter: Disheveled
Water lily and visitors
Water lily and visitors
The poser
The poser
Keeping a distance
Keeping a distance
Too busy to pose
Too busy to pose
Lotus lines
Lotus lines
Rich in nature and admirers
Rich in nature and admirers
That face
That face
Reflected water lily
Reflected water lily
A different kind of lotus
A different kind of lotus