Saturday, June 22: This morning, I get up extra early to drive to northeast Washington (I live southwest of Washington) to see the water lilies at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Word has it among photographers that one must arrive here when the park opens at 7 a.m. to catch the lilies before they close up in the heat of the day. This is yet another place in the region that I’ve never visited before, and I’m glad I make the effort to drag myself out of bed so early.“Wealth, the beauty of youth, and flowers are guests for only a few days. Like the leaves of the water-lily, they wither and fade and finally die.” ~ Siri Guru Granth Sahib
According to the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, this is the only national park devoted to cultivated water-loving plants. This unique habitat, featuring exotic water lilies and lotus, is an oasis for nature lovers, a haven for walkers, hikers, photographers and birdwatchers.
The marshes along the Anacostia River have a rich and varied natural and cultural history. From the Nacotchtank Indians to early American settlers, to contemporary African American communities, the area we now know as Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has been home to a variety of people for more than 4,000 years. How many more discoveries can I make in this area in the next two months, before I head off to China? 🙂