Do you have a bucket list? I have one for my photography, and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival was on it.
This year I got to check it off the list. The Cherry Blossoms hit peak bloom on April 1st, and I am so thankful that I got to go see them in person yesterday! I got there around midday, which normally isn’t the time of day I want to do a lot of photography, but that was my only window of opportunity. The cloudiness definitely helped diffuse what would have been a lot of harsh light. There was a live band playing classic hits, there were tents to buy gifts and food, and a lot of people – not as many as there would have been if it were a weekend, I suspect – were walking, stopping to snap a photo of the blooms, take selfies, or ask complete strangers to take their photo.
I walked the entire Tidal Basin (my left calf muscle is extremely tight and sore today) and snapped a ton of photos with my camera as well as my phone. The majority of the blossoms were still at their peak, and every once in awhile I’d come across some branches that hung low towards the water, making for some beautiful compositions. There was also a corner where there were just so many blooms that you could smell them, and their aroma was so sweet! Admittedly by the time I had finished the lap, I was tired, a little on the cold side, and sore.
I was only there for a couple of hours, but it was such a wonderful experience. Maybe I’ll revisit the blooms again next year! I would love to take photos of them at sunset! And maybe I’ll also be in a little bit better of shape!
P.S. Prints of these photos are available by request. Feel free to contact me if you would like to purchase one!