So the main reason we went to the Arboretum was so see the National Columns. Little did we know just what an experience we were in for!
|The columns as seen through a fountain near the entrance to the Arboretum.|
The stately dignity of the Corinthian columns rising above a miniature reflecting pool, set in a quiet meadow surrounded by wildflowers, reminds one of quiet, serene utopia, tucked away and hidden from the world.
Although looking at the columns made me feel like I was looking at the remnants of a world gone by, the National Capitol Columns have only been in their current location for just over a decade.
|A serene meadow of wildflowers surrounds the columns.|
|Pathway ending at the columns.|
|When the columns were removed, so were several of the steps from the east side of the Capitol. These steps were later recycled here along with the columns.|
|Quarry marks from Government Island are still visible on many of the old Capitol steps.|
|A reflecting pool fed by a small stream running down a channel in the steps.|
|The Arboretum actually rises above DC providing a great view of the Nations Capitol.|
|This flag was at the entrance to the Arboretum.|
Even after four years here, we still are able to find new places to see and things to do in Washington DC!!!!