Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday in DC

On Sunday afternoon we decided to brave the cold, cold weather and go into DC to see a yoga exhibit that I have been wanting to see at the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian. The exhibit is titled 'Yoga: The Art of Transformation,' and is filled with temple sculptures, icons, colorful manuscripts and paintings from the past 2,000 years, as well as modern photographs, books, and films. The exhibit explores 'yoga's rich diversity and historical transformations, including its philosophies, transformational goals, and importance within multiple religions.' We were lucky to get in on a tour, which really helped us to better understand a lot of the exhibit.

There was no photography allowed, so I took some photos outdoors in the Enid Haupt Garden which is adjacent to the Sackler. Then we headed down the street to the U.S. Botanic Gardens, for the last day of their wonderful holiday display.  We try to get down there every year to see the train display and poinsettias and the displays of the all the Washington monuments made from natural materials--it is a must-see holiday exhibit in DC, and we got there just in time!

Here are just a few of the monuments on display at the Botanic Gardens, as I know I have posted pictures of these in past years, but they are just so amazing and great.

The Capitol at the U.S. Botanic Gardens--made from all natural materials, leaves, twigs, acorns, etc.

Supreme Court with Capitol in background

The train display had model trains and replicas of World's Fair monuments,  and of course I focused in on the Eiffel Tower (sorry, no train passing by).

And of course we wandered through the conservatory, I just love that place. Such a great place to visit on a cold wintery day. So lush and warm, with tropical flowers and orchids bursting with color and fragrance.

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