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Waterlilies, Butterflies, and Birds at Keniworth Aquatic Gardens

Nestled near I-295 is an oasis filled with waterlilies and wildlife. Keniworth Aquatic Gardens is filled with blossoms mid-summer and attract a wide variety of dragonflies, butterflies and birds.

Let's have an early morning start on the ponds and with our super birding telephotos take great closeups of these beautiful blossoms. A standard lens will get great landscape images as well.

For more information, feel free to browse the NPS website at:

http://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/index.htm

And the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at:

http://www.friendsofkenilworthgardens.org/explore/

As always an eye out for our feathered friends will bring us sights of Great Blue Herons, Ospreys and summering migrants.

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  • Jane

    Have a flat tire, so won't be able to make it

    1 · July 5, 2014

    • Emily M.

      Sorry that you had a rough morning Jane.

      July 5, 2014

  • Dan H.

    Nice place, I have no idea where the group was. I was at the VC at 7 and there was only a ranger watering the plants. Everyone I asked was from the NVPC, I figured you would try the river trail but it was closed, went down the boardwalks didn't find anyone and gave up, and photographed the Lillies. One man said he had seen the group earlier, but he had no idea which way you went. Catch you in the future.

    1 · July 5, 2014

    • Emily M.

      I'm sorry we missed you Dan as we were at the VC from 6:45am - 7:15am. So glad that you managed to find the place. We ended up being just three of us, so it was easy to get misplaced. Each time I send a confirmation letter, I include it on the "Discussions" tab where my cell phone number was listed. Until next time!

      July 5, 2014

  • Dan H.

    Never been there before, is there any place in particular you meet ?

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • Emily M.

      Hi Dan, I believe you registered today after I sent out my confirmation email. The gates open up earlier at 6am and a few of us may get there before 7am. The plan is to meet officially at 7am in front of the visitors center. It's small enough to navigate. Look forward to meeting you there.

      July 4, 2014

    • Dan H.

      Yes I did, thanks for the location.

      July 4, 2014

  • Dmitri T.

    For flowers, not birds in the water circular polarizer is good to have.

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • Emily M.

      Brilliant suggestion Dmitri! Look forward to seeing you in the morning.

      July 4, 2014

  • Jack F.

    Out by Dulles Airport there is a great photo store called Ace Photo

    2 · June 19, 2014

    • Dan H.

      Ditto on Ace Photo

      July 4, 2014

  • Amy S.

    would love to but will be out on the bay!

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Vacation time we will be at the beach.

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Bob B.

    Hey Emily

    I need to cancel - sorry. The World Cup is on that day and I will still be packing stuff up to get our home ready to put on the market.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Robert

    So sorry to miss this! I am not coming back from Europe till the next day.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Karen J.

    Can anyone give me a location of a photography store in the DMV ?

    June 19, 2014

    • Emily M.

      Not sure what you're looking for? B&H Photo is an excellent on line vendor and they do a wonderful job with phone consulting. Super fast shipping as well. We are all here to help so ask away.

      June 19, 2014

    • Alyssia

      I buy everything online, just easier for me. If you are looking at lenses, Borrow Lenses and Lens Rental are really good for renting a lens. Have done that a couple times for photography events.

      June 20, 2014

  • Bob B.

    I have a bunch of macro equipment I have never used, lenses, ring flash, rails blah blah blah. Looking for any help and guidance. I hope to test this stuff out in my front yard before this trip. I bought the equipment and then our home was destroyed by a derecho storm and the project got shelved

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Emily M.

      You'll want to bring your telephoto for these Bob as they flowers are usually at a bit of a distance. I'll post one on our share page that I took today with the 500mm.

      June 19, 2014

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