Besides the Royal Baby's birth on Monday (which I was obsessed with) there was some other news in DC. A giant, 8 foot tall flower bloomed in the US Botanical Gardens.
So what's the big deal about this flower?
It releases a putrid scent (rotting meat) to attract pollinators (i.e. dung beetles). It also has a very unpredictable blooming cycle and could go years or decades before blooming again. It takes an incredibly long time for it to store enough energy to bloom.
It may not be as important as the new Royal baby, but it's pretty neat to see nonetheless. I had to see it for myself. And yes, I wanted to smell it. I arrived at the Gardens around 2:30 and there was a small line. Sadly, I heard from people that had seen it that the smell was already gone. The plant bloomed late Sunday night, right before the Gardens were to close, so the scent was strongest between Sunday evening and Monday night - when no one was there.
Although it wasn't emitting its odor anymore, I did notice a faint hint of something in the air when I walked into the room that housed the flower. Everyone was waiting for their turn to snap a shot of the towering plant.