Travel: DC Cherry Blossoms

The Jefferson Memorial at dawn

If you come to DC in late March/early April, you know about the cherry blossoms. The city erupts in activity as the 3,000+ cherry trees around the National Mall (mostly the Tidal Basin)  transform  in beautiful white and pink flowers. The trees were a gift from Japan in 1912, so this year marks the 100th anniversary celebration. Peak bloom has already passed and thanks to the wind and rain last weekend, the blooms have retired for the season. I managed to get down there just in time to see them last Friday. There’s still a lot going on to celebrate so check out the official Cherry Blossom Festival website for info on the history, events and  how to get involved.

The blooms are definitely a bucket list kind of thing…

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographers in one place & so early in the morning. If you were down there, check out the photography competition that FotoDC and the Cherry Blossom Festival are running: Deadline April 15th.



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Susan I love the runner at daybreak. Those trees look like they could tell some stories! Really beautiful Hannele. Thanks for bringing it to those of us stuck in the office. :)

Lynford Morton Love them! I especially enjoy the one of all the photographers and tripods. You’d think it was the WH Press Cops.

Alisa Moody Gorgeous pics Hannele! As usual. I’m certain the top one will win an award as well as #3 and #4. You are so good!

Sheila Dellarma Very beautiful Hannele, I especially like the 5th picture, the close up of the cherry blossoms.
Hope all is well with you guys, and the pups.
Take Care

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