God’s Glorious Creation

Well the second half of my first Saturday out and about in Washington D.C. was quite memorable.  Cheryl and I had lunch at the National Museum of Native American History.  I had a pulled buffalo burger with vegetable slaw.  It was quite delicious.

We then headed off to the Botanical Gardens which are part of the Smithsonian Museum Collection.  Right when you walk in there is a huge atrium filled with all kinds of spice trees and tons of hydrangea.  Beyond the atrium are gardens designed by regions.

     

          

The desert region had all kinds of cool cacti and desert roses.

          

There was a room full of all kinds of edible plants.  Look at the vanilla, pinapples, and apples.

    

The outdoor Children’s garden featured a “environmentally sustainable” play house complete with a “green roof.”  I helped Robyn put together a house model with a green roof freshman year so this immediately made me think of her!

The orchid room was breath taking.  I have never seen so many beautiful orchids in one place.

On the way out of the gardens, there are beautiful arbor arches filled with baskets brimming with flowers.  I love this look!  Overall, the Botanical Gardens are a breath of fresh air in the midst of cityscape.

For my first mass in Washington D.C., I headed to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The church is located on the Catholic University of America Campus.  The parts of campus I walked through were gorgeous.  Many dorms had medieval architecture.  Who wouldn’t want to live and go to school here?

The shrine is divided into two levels, the Crypt Church and the Great Upper Church. There are over 70 chapels within the church.

The Crypt Church is below the upper church.  The walls are lined with etchings from people all over the world who have donated to the church.  Many of the chapels are on this level.

          The mosaic and tile work is stunning.  I can’t imagine how many hours it must have taken to put together the beautiful displays for each saint.  The upper church has a few chapels as well.  The Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel was particularly beautiful with the rainbow of tiles.

The ceiling of the church features mosaics with the back of the Nave showcasing the organ and stained glass.

         

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31

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