The Lotus and Water Lily Festival begins July 15th in DC

The Lotus and Water Lilies Festival starts this Saturday and runs for a week at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens operated by the National Park Service.

The water plants harness the Anacostia’s marshy terrain, heat and humidity to create and thrust skyward blooms of striking beauty and grace.  Some lotus blooms dance in the breeze almost six feet in the air and are the size of a man’s head.   You can smell their sweet scent as you walk between the ponds.  It is wonderfully calming to be surrounded by these masterworks of nature.

Blossoms in the Mist

My plan was to capture dawn at the Tidal Basin as the first beams of sunlight reached out to touch the soft pink blooms.   Nature did not cooperate.  The morning of March 27th in our Nation’s Capital was shrouded in dense fog and a lightly falling mist.  Undaunted, I loaded up my gear and headed to the Tidal Basin.  

Marvin's Garden - Spring / Summer 2016

My garden has benefited from relatively consistent beneficial rainfall and cooler temperatures this year -- so far.  I have a variety of plants that bloom at different times throughout the spring and summer.  I've had a lot of long lasting blooms this year.  I didn't plant anything new this year.  I normally do peppers and herbs in addition to everything else; but due to an extended business trip in May and I just didn't get around to it.  Enjoy!