One day after I went to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, I decided to do another short nature trip close to my house to check out the fall foliage. This time I went to the National Arboretum located on the outskirts of Washington, DC. When I started out the weather was cloudy but it was relatively nice. By the time I got to the National Arboretum this big windstorm started, which blew everything around. Despite the constant wind I got out of my car and walked around the area any way because I was already there. But there are a few photos where it’s obvious that it was windy that day, such as the water ripples in the fountain outside the Visitors Center.

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Basically I parked my car in the Visitors Center lot, walked around the area near the Visitors Center, got back in my car, drove to the other side of the park, walked around the area some more, then decided to leave when I grew tired of dealing with the constant wind. I also took a bunch of pictures. I’ve been to the National Arboretum before (you can read about it here and here) but they have been all in the springtime. This was the first time I ever went in the fall and, given all of the lovely fall foliage I saw around the park, I should’ve gone to that place at times other than spring. As these pictures show it’s absolutely beautiful in the fall. Even the dark clouds couldn’t muffle the beauty.

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