a morning visit to the franciscan monastery

Saturday, May 24:  Today, I go with a photography group to visit the Franciscan Monastery in Washington.  I already wrote about it a post in August 2011 (the franciscan monastery in washington: gardens & shrines), and I don’t want to repeat myself, so if you’d like to know more of the history, you can check out the earlier post.  For today, I’ll simply post some pictures from this beautiful May morning.

Entrance to the Franciscan Monastery
Entrance to the Franciscan Monastery
Gardens at the Franciscan Monastery
Gardens at the Franciscan Monastery
the Monastery
the Monastery
facade of the Monastery
facade of the Monastery
cloisters
cloisters
peeking out from the cloisters
peeking out from the cloisters
roses
roses
roses
roses
gardens
gardens
roses and gardens
roses and gardens
view of gardens from cloisters
view of gardens from cloisters
the Monastery
the Monastery
a cute little building covered in vines
a cute little building covered in vines

To see a slide show, just click on any of the images below.

green spring gardens

Saturday, March 15:  Inspired by Ailsa’s travel challenge of gardens this week (Where’s my backpack? Travel Theme: Gardens) and by the momentary beautiful weather, I venture to Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria today in hopes of finding a glimpse of spring.

Inside the greenhouse, where it’s summer all the time, I find succulents and orchids, but outside, dirty remnants of snow still mar the brown grass and only a few crocuses peek out from the soil.  Nonetheless, the breeze carries the promise of spring.  Families stroll about and photographers snap pictures of brides and grooms.  It’s lovely to get outside for this fleeting spring day, as the mid-Atlantic is preparing for yet another snowstorm (3-6″) beginning Sunday night through Monday morning. Please!  Haven’t we had enough this winter?

orchid in the greenhouse
orchid in the greenhouse
orchid
orchid
orchid
orchid
in the greenhouse
in the greenhouse
succulents
succulents
succulents
succulents
succulents
succulents
cactus
cactus
succulents
succulents
cacti
cacti
succulents
succulents
crocuses
crocuses
other spring peepers
other spring peepers
gazebo on the pond
gazebo on the pond
gazebo
gazebo
Canadian goose
Canadian goose
path through the woods
path through the woods

At least we do have more daylight hours now, as daylight savings time began last Sunday. 🙂