One of the first sights I came across was this little dog in the lady's back pack. I saw the service dog notice, so was careful not to go too close but didn't see the smaller sign until I looked on the laptop later that night. It read...
"I am not here for your entertainment. I'm here to do my job." Well, I was a little entertained but I kept well back. Also I wasn't as close as it appears as I cropped my photos, but how cute is that to see a little dog in a backpack? At first you don't even see the 'service dog' sign, you just see the cute little dog. But it's important not to bother service dogs while they are obviously on duty.
The day before we went to the aquatic garden, we visited the Washington DC Collectible Fountain Pen Supershow, advertised as 'The Largest Pen Event in the World'. It was very big and took up a large part of the downstairs at the Marriott Hotel at Fairview Place.
A close up of the Samurai decoration on a desk of Japanese pens.
You may have guessed that this is not my normal place to go to. Gregg has always preferred writing with fountain pens and he has quite a collection, and enjoys adding to them occasionally. I took the opportunity for a few photos. Yes, even light fixtures...
and mustn't forget the aquarium in one of the sitting areas.
After Gregg had seen all he wanted to see, I spotted the garden and we had a quick look outside.
I was surprised this swallowtail stayed in one place long enough for me to take several photos.
These two are my favorites.
The large leaf plant is a "Red Flash" Caladium. Scientific name 'Caladium'. Common name, 'Angel Wings'.
I don't know the exact name of these pretty yellow daisies, some kind of sunflower?
Impatiens dressed in pretty pink.
Another pretty flower, a yellow lantana with its petals full of water droplets from the sprinkler system.
That's about it from our trip to the fountain pen show.