Yesterday the temperatures were about 20 degrees cooler than usual for an early July day when I headed out to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Anacostia, DC. As a result, my friends and I were able to sleep in and enjoy the peak lotus bloom between noon and 2! I've been so many times, I tried to challenge myself this year with some new and different photos. It was beautiful, as usual. Naomi had us all modeling with the flowers, Hiromi and Mary Kay wandered, and Mary Kay helped me spot the dragonfly who was kind enough to pose.