In Northeast Washington DC, in the Brookland neighborhood, sits the lovely Franciscan Monastery. Earlier this week, a group from my camera club took a field trip there.
Although I had been to the Monastery before, it was only in springtime, and I didn’t venture inside. That time of year, tulips are lavishly planted on the grounds and around all parts of the garden areas.
On my more recent visit, although there were still a few roses in bloom here and there near the Portico, most of the visual interest outside the Basilica came from the Rosary Portico, the statuary, and magnificent trees in the last stages of fall color.
Around the corner from the Basilica, planted next to a stone building that was closed when we visited, I spotted what seemed to be Ilex verticillata (winterberry) shrubs in fall color, still hanging on to their berries.
Eventually we made our way into the Basilica and before starting to photograph, had a fascinating tour about the history of the building – including a walk through some catacomb areas. Then we re-emerged into the sun-lit interior, where for an hour we were allowed to photograph to our heart’s content, using tripods as we looked for large vistas and small detail images. Hope you enjoy what I came home with.