Springtime in Washington, DC is known for it beautiful flora. People work year round to plant and maintain flowers, trees, and shrubs for the amazing spring blooms. The Cherry Blossom Festival draws thousands into the district each year. A couple of weekends ago, we took the family up for a trip just at the tail end of peak cherry blossom season.
While I agree that it’s easy to be drawn to the showy blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin, I found myself more drawn to The Tulip Library. On our way from the Tidal Basin to show the kids the Washington Monument, we just kind of stumbled onto it. I grew up in the suburbs of DC and had never heard of it.
Apparently, it was established back in 1969! Who knew? This little spot is just kind of hidden in plain sight and features nearly 100 different varieties of tulip! I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined that many varieties! The tulips bloom from early April until the first week of May, so you might still have time to get out to see them if you live nearby. Here are a few examples of what you might see. (Click on the pictures to see larger views.)
For me, I was very excited to put my new lens to work, but I was even more elated to pull out my macro to get in for some very close and detailed shots. This is the kind of place that photographers dream about.
There is plenty of open grass nearby, making for a great spot to take the kids for a picnic or just to run around for a few minutes. Our kids loved taking control of our phones and running around to take their own pictures. What fun!
Do you have little “hidden in plain sight” spots like this where you live? Leave a comment and share your story.