A road running through the National Arboretum in the early morning mist.

The National Arboretum is tucked away in the northeast part of Washington, DC. The Uber driver who had lived in the area for years didn’t know it was there. She thought she was dropping me off in the middle of an industrial park. A neighborhood hides the main entrance. The Anacostia River runs along the east and south side of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum opens at 8 o’clock in the morning, which is after sunrise any time of year. So no golden hour for photographs. Because the river is so close, mist will sometimes drift through.

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James Smith