Monday, April 4, 2016

Ice cream cone swiping squirrel on the National Mall

The squirrels on the National Mall are so bold. A few weeks back I was afraid one of 'em would come right at me as I was taking his photo. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and we were sitting on a bench enjoying the beautiful weather and we watched this squirrel jump into a nearby trash can, crab a cone, jump down and scurry into the grass to eat it. It was really funny to watch.

Here are some shots of the cone-swiping critter -

squirrel eating ice cream cone on National Mall

squirrel eating ice cream cone on National Mall

squirrel eating

squirrel eating

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lovely magnolias at the George Mason Memorial, Washington DC

Every year one of the things on my "must do" list is to go see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, I can usually get there at least once during the peak. For the past couple of years, as part of my journey around the Tidal Basin, I like to stop by the George Mason Memorial and see the magnolias and forsythias in bloom. I always think the colors are so beautifully contrasted between the two.  For the past two years, they've coincided with the blossoms which is a bonus.

Some views from this year's showing: 

magnolias at George Mason Memorial, Washington DC
I just loved the way this one came out.

carpet made of magnolias
A magnolia carpet

George Mason Memorial flowers
Magnolia petals were falling everywhere, it was so pretty

George Mason Memorial in Washington DC
Some of the magnolia trees had yet to bloom

George Mason Memorial, Washington DC
Getting ready to pass its peak

Friday, April 1, 2016

Washington DC's famed cherry blossom peaks 2016

The cherry blossom peaks are, hands down, my favorite time of year here in the Washington D.C. region. Last week the blossoms peaked around the Tidal Basin and 2016's showing did not disappoint. Today's post I wanted to focus on some closeup images.

(More photos can be found on my Washington D.C. blog which shows the peak viewing from more of a landscape perspective).