The Dumbarton Oaks estate sits at the top of the long hill that leads out of Georgetown, and as public gardens in a large city, is a magical space. Formed as an estate in 1701, well before Washington was named or became the Capitol, Dumbarton Oaks developed over 300 into perhaps the loveliest spot in a beautiful city. The main buildings were the site of the 1944 conference that led to the post-war formation of the United Nations. On the edge of the estate, there are buildings housing great art collections, including an amazing gallery of Incan pottery from Peru. But it is the gardens that I love to wander in, with a camera. The images in this gallery were taken between September 1 and October 26th, 2012, with the Leica Monochrom.