The Cherry trees are now in full bloom in Washington D.C. and area photographers wait anxiously for when they are in their full glory.
A four a.m. departure had me arrive at the Tidal Basin at 5:15 a.m. I thought I had gotten there quite early as sunrise wasn’t until 6:30. But it seemed that I wasn’t the only excited photographer wanting to get out and photograph the blossoms. Being a Saturday, and the first clear day after a week of dreary and rainy skies, it wasn’t a surprise that it was to be a busy day along the water.
The monuments glistened in the water before the sky began to glow.
The photographers busy with their craft, lined the walkway all around the basin. The sky began to lighten and the real fun began.
It’s nearly 100 years since the Mayor of Tokyo first gifted Japanese Cherry trees to the Mayor of Washington D.C. Celebrated with a two-week long festival, the true stars are the cherry blossoms. Even in 1920, photographers flocked to the basin to capture these stunning beauties.
Once the trees reach full bloom, it’s not long before they begin to fade. Truly one of those moments that is fleeting and makes one step out of their busy lives and walk beneath the cherry trees.
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