Cherry Blossom Extravaganza

I know I just sent a blog post, but I couldn’t pass up sharing photos of the cherry blossoms in DC, which reached their peak bloom this last week.

I am missing the plum blossoms in our back yard in Seattle that makes it look like the trees are covered in snow in April. But the cherry blossoms of DC reduced my longing for at least that aspect of the NW.

Tree back lit


Flower buds

I almost missed them this year when we were told that April 6, 7 and 8 were going to be the peak days for the blossom. A photo-taking enthusiast colleague at NSF and I dutifully caught the Metro at 7:30am on Sunday the 7th to capture the beauty of the treess shortly after sunrise. To our disappointment, the trees were still waiting for warmer weather to come out in full bloom.

MLK without flowers

Fortunately, another photo-taking colleague enticed me to come with her to see the trees at sunset two days later. It was already the second time that day for her, so I knew the sight would be much improved, which it was.

MLK through trees

We walked around most of the Tidal Basin, where there is the largest assemblage of trees in DC.  Of course we were not alone.

Not alone

I am sure that people complained about our stopping regularly and blocking part of the path in order to get a picture from just the right angle – but so was everyone else.

Jeffeerson surrounded by blossoms

I captured the beauty of the blooms two years ago, shortly after I arrived in DC, but there were two major changes this year. Last time was before the DC earthquake of August, 2011.

Wa Mounment from 2011

This year, a growing scaffolding around the Washington Monument is a reminder of the quake and that earthquakes don’t just happen on the West Coast.


Also, the Martin Luther King Memorial was under construction two years ago that made some photos less than desirable.

MLK in 2011

This time the MLK Memorial provides some of the most spectacular images Several MLK images.

MLK from far with birds

MLK medium distance

MLK close up

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to enjoy the pink and white extravanza that surrounds the Title Basin.  As we finally – and reluctantly – decided to leave, our walk to the Metro provided one more view that makes one feel that they could live in DC – especially during the spring.

Momument at end of walk

 But then I remember that the hot, humid, sticky summer is just a month or two away.

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4 Responses to Cherry Blossom Extravaganza

  1. Paul Allan says:

    The flowering trees in Moscow, ID just all popped this past week and things are beautiful. Now if we could just get spring-like weather 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Simply breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.

  3. sandy says:

    So beautiful!

  4. Graeme de Graaff says:

    Greetings Dennis and thank you. Enjoyed the walk muchly. Love from us both
    Graeme deG

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