The third & final stop of your USA Trip 2010 was a weekend in Washington DC. Now mostly DC doesn’t interest me, I really don’t have that much interest in the typical tourist spots such as the Lincoln memorial or the White House. I do have a serious love for the Smithsonian Institute and all it’s associated museums & zoo’s they run in DC. Most of them are free to enter (they accept donations – if you visits I ask that you do donate) and are simply fantastic.
From everything available my favourite spot is the Smithsonian Butterfly Exhibit. It’s not free but it’s not expensive either ($6 an adult whilst we were there) and they have an amazing array of well looked after butterflies. I could spend hours in this place and would love the opportunity to spend a day in there switching between a regular zoom and a macro lens. On this trip I didn’t have my macro so all of these photos are taken through a standard zoom lens. Some of the white balance is a bit off in some shots (forgot to adjust for it in my excitement) but here are my favourites from the day.