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Lilac-Breasted Roller | by t.sullivan photography
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Lilac-Breasted Roller

Well, I'm back from my trip. My husband and I spent some time in DC last week. It wasn't the best trip ever. I managed to come down with a cold right before we left for DC, and the weather man was totally wrong about the forecast EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hate that.


I was really looking forward to visiting the National Zoo for the first time in more than two years, but I ended up majorly disappointed. I knew the elephant enclosure was under construction, but I didn't realize that entailed closing nearly 1/3 of the zoo! There were also a lot of other exhibits closed or under construction, so many of the animals I was looking forward to seeing - Luke the lion, the baby gorilla, the baby giant anteater, ANY of the pandas, the grown-up tiger cubs - were not on display. This brightly colored lilac-breasted roller was nice enough to pose for one of the few photos I took at the zoo.

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Taken on September 25, 2009