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Tourist activities of a DC transplant

July 24, 2013

As a new denizen of the inner beltway, I have been partaking of the many activities this city has to offer.  The museums, parks and other interesting haunts are cultural salve for someone from the culture-free zone of South Georgia – unless you count Saturday night frat parties on Frat Row!

When I first arrived, everyday was a new adventure.  Armed with my pop-up map of DC, I would make my way through the maze of the Metro aimed at a new museum to visit that day.  Since being here, I have seen:

Animals

American History Museum rotunda entrance

Large elephant display at Natural History Museum.

Burrowing Owls at the DC Zoo

Burrowing Owls at the DC Zoo

At the aviary at the DC zoo

At the aviary at the DC zoo

Pink Flamingos

I find flamingos incredibly beautiful and fascinating. These at the DC Zoo held my attention, and that of my camera lens, for some time!

Vulture

This guys was showing off for the crowds at the DC Zoo.

Flamingos posing

These beautiful creatures captivate me.

Beaver

This little guy came up to me and posed… never seen a beaver before!

Jellyfish

These jellyfish were in constant motion flowing through the tank like angels.

Graceful

This guy was graceful in the water. Surprising seeing as how he was much larger than I expected.

American emblem

The majestic eagle perched high in the tree.

Komodo dragon

He crawled toward me for a better angle. It’s like he wanted me to take the photo!

Orangutang

This old fellow looked lonely. His eyes had a sadness that I was surprised to see. Having never seen one, this orangutang reminded me of an old hairy man!

Panda

I finally saw my first panda… coolness.

Elephant

He’s HUGE!

Beautiful peacock

Beautiful peacock

Plants

Titan - the Corpse Plant

Stinky plant at US Botanical Gardens

Jewelry

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is stunning… now if I can just get them to loan it to me for Mom to try it on!

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is beautiful from any angle!

Sapphires

Sapphires are my favs!

Crown me

This crown is stunning!

Ruby bracelet

Ruby bracelet at the Museum of Natural History

Necklace or medieval torture device?

Necklace or medieval torture device? The Hazen Diamond Necklace.

Hungarians

Rockin the hair!

Rockin the hair at the Folklife festival

Gay Pride

Gays in the Capitol

Gays in the Capitol

Castles

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

Airplanes

Bi-plane at Udvar-Hazy

Bi-plane at Udvar-Hazy

Small plane at Udvar-Hazy

Small plane at Udvar-Hazy

Suspended Airplane at Udvar-Hazy Center

Suspended Airplane at Udvar-Hazy Center

American Jet - airplane at Udvar-Hazy

American Jet – airplane at Udvar-Hazy

Small plane at Udvar-Hazy

Small plane at Udvar-Hazy

Suspended Airplane at Udvar-Hazy Center

Suspended Airplane at Udvar-Hazy Center

Beautiful blue plane at Udvar-Hazy

Beautiful blue plane at Udvar-Hazy

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