06 April 2012

Flowers and Fireside Chats

A lesser-known fact about me is that while I have a B.A. in Professional Writing, I was originally a student of botany: that's studying how plants grow, not how to grow plants, which is horticulture. It was good I was not studying how to grow plants, as I am notoriously unlucky at keeping plants alive: although I love gardening, none of my tomato plants fruited last year.

Despite shifting my focus to writing, I still love plants.* I am fascinated with flowers. I recently got a close-up lens for my camera, and since the D.C. Cherry Blossom trees were flowering for the 2012 Centennial and my young man was visiting last week, we went over to the Tidal Basin to look at the flowers.
*And science! I'm now working for an M.A. in Science-Medical Writing.
I was more interested in taking pictures of the flowers; he was more interested in going for a walk. We eventually did get all the way around the Tidal Basin, popping by the MLK, Jefferson, and FDR Memorials along the way. Particularly if you haven't had the chance to be in D.C. while the Cherry Blossoms were blooming, I'd like to share some of my pictures with you.**
**All photos copyright me, obviously.
Cherry Blossoms

Other Flowers

Paying Serious Attention to a Fireside Chat

Now You!
I couldn't possibly choose a favorite flower, but I do think the iconic Cherry Blossom flowers are even more visually intriguing after they've lost their petals. What flowers do you think are the prettiest?