While my grandchildren were visiting for summer vacation, we made our obligatory visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo ~ no trip to Washington, DC is complete without going there! On this visit I photographed the DAMA GAZELLE and a RUPPELL'S GRIFFON VULTURE to use for Caturday Art. Sadly, both of these majestic creatures are on the critically endangered species list at this time.
Fact: the Dama gazelle is one of the largest and rarest in the gazelle family.
Fact: the Ruppell's griffonvulture is best known as the world's highest flying bird.
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Great Falls on the upper Potomac offers park areas on both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the river and they are equally beautiful. Tumbling falls ... gentle pools of water form small restful lakes among rock formations. There are easy and extremely challenging hiking trails within the surrounding woodlands. Now, a walking path ... once a tow path, runs alongside the old C & O canal with many locks where once boats ferried goods from Harper's Ferry south to Washington, DC. Picnic areas are plentiful, some historical markers dot the landscape. All in all, a beautiful place.