Sunday, September 23, 2012

The National Arboretum: Bonsai Trees and Capitol Columns

 After several years of living within a few hours of the National Arboretum and the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C., I finally made the trip.  My only regret is I waited so long to do it.  For someone who loves photography, this place offers year around opportunity to take pictures or practice their skill as a nature photographer.  With several hundred acres in the heart of the Capitol, it is also a oasis of natural beautiful in an otherwise incredible American city. 

From the 1820's until 1959 these columns supported the United States Capitol and witnessed almost every president during that period inaugurated.  Now, they stand in an open field in the heart of the National Arboretum for anyone who wishes to walk among and feel and touch history.  

The top of one of the columns on display. 

A flower and grasses from a meadow in the National Arboretum.

Inside the National Arboretum grounds is the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, probably my favorite place to visit at the arboretum.   Most of the trees have been in training since the early 19th century; however.....

...this White Pine (below) has been in training since 1625.  It is currently over 387 year old!  To put that into perspective, it started training a mere 9 years after the death of William Shakespeare. Charles I, King of England, ascended to the thrown in 1625, and only 14 years after the first publication of the King James Bible.  So yea, its been around awhile.


  1. Great shots! The second Bonsai from the bottom is my favorite. Looks like a miniature forest....

  2. Like all the photos, but especially those of the columns.