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National Arboretum July 16, 2016

Went to the National Arboretum in NE DC (part of US Dept. of Agriculture) to look for the nest used by "Mr. President," "The First Lady,""Freedom" and "Liberty." (See American Eagle Foundation website, plus www.dceaglecam.org for more information on their fabulous partnership with the Arboretum and others.)

After an hour or so of hiccups (mostly walking down a path from the wrong parking area), I found the nest tree. After more hiccups trying to find the actual tree, not just a view of it, I found the tree - practically under my nose the whole time. I took some pictures, and then went exploring around parts of the Arboretum. It's mid summer and not much was blooming, but I can tell it will be a fabulous place in late October and then again in the spring. I also saw the fantastic "Capitol Columns" - 22 columns which used to be part of the U.S. Capitol.
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On way to tiny parking lot, on R you may see this view of Mt. Olivet Cemetery across Bladensburg Rd
On way to tiny parking lot, on R you may see this view of Mt. Olivet Cemetery across Bladensburg Rd
If you're lucky you'll see this distant view from Azalea Rd on way to nest (telephoto shot)
If you're lucky you'll see this distant view from Azalea Rd on way to nest (telephoto shot)
U.S. Capitol & part of Mt. Olivet cemetery, statue & flag (shot from Azalea Rd)
U.S. Capitol & part of Mt. Olivet cemetery, statue & flag (shot from Azalea Rd)
If see sign to turn for Mt. Hamilton (pkg) just pass it, although you CAN get to place you want to be by going this way.
If see sign to turn for "Mt. Hamilton" (pkg) just pass it, although you CAN get to place you want to be by going this way.
Single solar panel on your left on way to tiny parking area near nest
Single solar panel on your left on way to tiny parking area near nest
Road's now one-way, park when see this sign at tiny parking area.  If miss it, circle back to it (3 min. drive, keep turning L)
Road's now one-way, park when see this sign at tiny parking area. If miss it, circle back to it (3 min. drive, keep turning L)
Another sign at tiny parking area. Park now & walk short way down road.
Another sign at tiny parking area. Park now & walk short way down road.
After a minute or less you'll see this sign - keep walking - slowly!
After a minute or less you'll see this sign - keep walking - slowly!
No parking this side sign - look to left around here, way up
No parking this side sign - look to left around here, way up
Before you get to brown No Parking this Side sign on left, look to your left, way up.  Here's nest with 70 mm lens.
Before you get to brown "No Parking this Side" sign on left, look to your left, way up. Here's nest with 70 mm lens.
200 mm, from street - no nest in this shot, but can see camera & infrared box above it. (Where's Liberty??!)
200 mm, from street - no nest in this shot, but can see camera & infrared box above it. (Where's Liberty??!)
Another shot of nest tree from road (around 200mm, but CAN see with eyes only from ground)
Another shot of nest tree from road (around 200mm, but CAN see with eyes only from ground)
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