Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Time for Cherry Blossoms

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A recent trip to Washington was timed perfectly with the cherry blossoms. We've made frequent trips to D.C., but we have not witnessed the blossoms' magical transformation of the Tidal Basin for nearly forty years. There is always speculation on when the trees will flower and peak. Many a visitor's hopes are dashed by the unpredictable blossoms and uncooperative weather.

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The day was unseasonably tempting to spend several hours in the cool galleries of our favorite museums. We decided to brave the crowds and the heat because the odds of seeing the cherry blossoms at their peak again are probably fairly slim.

We were startled by the look of the scaffolding in preparation to repair earthquake damage making a slow ascent on the Washington Monument on the photo above.

A strong thunderstorm rumbled through the Washington area early the next morning. A few days later, our departing plane circled around the Capital giving us another glimpse of the Tidal Basin. The flowers were gone. Below, some captures of those sweet fragile blossoms here for such a short time.

One of the Old Cherry Trees

One of the oldest cherry trees.

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Cherry blossoms with a suggestion of the Jefferson Memorial beyond.

Sunlight on Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry Blossoms in My Dreams

Bouquets of pink cherry blossoms for all moms on Mothers' Day!


  1. Hello! Very nice blog and interesting posts, great atmosphere.
      Have a nice day. :)
    Welcome to our blog about photography. +
    I hope you also enjoy it with us.


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    1. Patrycja Photography ~ Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

  2. Oh my goodness-- brings me back to 1968 when I spent a year living and working in DC! Incredible pics!!
    Rain :)

    1. Thank you very much, Rain! Amazing to think we were both in D.C at the same time way back when!


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