A view of the glass dome of the conservatory from the gardens
The lawn is still green but not much longer now that very cold weather has set in.
Alongside the lawn is a modern arbor.
The gardens were laid out in geometric patterns and the plants are balanced without being strictly formal and symmetrical in arrangement.
Rose gardens with frozen roses caught in mid bloom.
It's easier to see the structure of the gardens in the winter. It's also cold so I didn't spend a lot of time in these gardens which would be pretty to visit in warmer weather.
After a quick tour of the gardens we walked across the top of the National Mall and west face of the Capitol past the frozen reflecting pool. We were surprised to see the Washington Monument covered in scaffolding. The monument was damaged in a 5.8 earthquake in 2011 and is now undergoing repairs which are nearly complete. Museums and government buildings are arranged along both sides of the Mall. The red brick building on the left is the Smithsonian castle.
The sky was blue and the light clouds allowed the sun to shine through making for some beautiful scenes.
This might be a Chestnut tree from the looks of the nuts it was dropping at the base.
Rose gardens along the northeast side of the Capitol lawn.
Full view of the Capitol building with the House Chambers on the left and Senate Chambers on the right.
Bright Maples add a touch of color to this small park between the Capitol and Union Station.
The entrance to Union Station and hub of activity in this part of town. I've been inside the building many times while changing from Amtrak to the Metro but rarely get the opportunity to enjoy the outside.
A replica of the Liberty Bell in front. Wonder how long this has been here?
Dramatic arcades on each side of the entrance. It's amazing how easy it is to get used to the architecture when you live here and fun for me to look at it all anew.
Shortly after lunch Neal went to his meetings while I decided to take a walk through the city and do a little more shopping. Perhaps because I don't live in a big city now I appreciate the sights and sounds of the city--at least for a little while. Here is the entrance gate to Chinatown.
Later in the afternoon I headed back to our hotel in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood which is home to the U.S. State Department, The Kennedy Center, and George Washington University (GWU). The (in)famous Watergate building is there, too. A small park near the GWU Hospital. Washington has numerous small parks like this with huge trees to soften the city edges.
But it gets really, really cold and windy as the sun creates shadows on the streets, and I wasn't keen to keep walking in the city. Shop local even when on the road. This Austin-based Whole Foods Market was just a few blocks from the hotel so I picked up a salad and headed back to the room. These people look cold don't they?
But I am a garden blogger after all and my walk back to the hotel took me through the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Of course I used the opportunity to check out a few city gardens.
The Camellias and Eucalyptus are in a nicely landscaped corner garden. This is a large garden for the neighborhood.
The view along New Hampshire Avenue across from the hotel.
Just had to go check out the gardens across the street. Is that a yucca?
Their "straw" bale is sprouting.
A seating area for warmer days.
Another Eucalyptus. The two corner gardens at opposite ends of the block were landscaped by the same firm.
There's a swing in the yard too.
Directly across from the hotel, bright leaves on the trees and colorful houses make a nice streetscape.
Tomorrow we head up to snowy Pennsylvania (the state, not the avenue) for Thanksgiving on the Fox family farm.