Category Archives: Holidays

Trains at the National Botanical Garden

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An annual favorite for me is a trip to the National Botanical Garden in Washington, DC. at Christmas. Christmas is when a large garden railroad is installed. There are seven lines carrying steam, diesel and electric trains. Bridges and tunnels add lots of interest to the display. This year, the 100th anniversary of the National Park service was celebrated with many park scenes depicted.

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Off to get a Christmas Tree

There are lots (literally) of Christmas trees around. This year I heard of something different – for me. Take a steam train to a tree farm and then ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the sales area. That sounded like an adventure and an opportunity to get some nice holiday images. Passengers were entertained by several musicians and a visit by Santa Clause.

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I bought a wreath for my front door, but no tree. My house is too small for an indoor tree. I had fun and think I captured a few nice images of the adventure. Hope you too enjoyed your Holidays.

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Christmas Lights in the Park

Part of my joy with the holidays is seeing and capturing the Christmas light displays. I live in an area with many public displays such as the National Zoo, Meadowlark park, Bull Run park, the National Mall, etc. I got to visit most of these this year and have a pile of nice shots. When choosing images to post, it’s hard to single out one or two to share. The above image depicts a strawberry patch with a burst of fireworks. The image of the bears just makes me smile.

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