Posted by: lle2010 | April 3, 2010

Week 14

Spring has sprung in Washington, DC and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing!  3000 trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 and each year when the trees burst with color, we know Spring has arrived.  The area around the  Tidal Basin becomes a canopy  of color with various shades of pink and white blooms.  If you would like to learn more about the Festival you can visit the official site:

Here are some of my photos of this years blossoms.

Jefferson Memorial

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm   40 mm  f13  1/320  ISO 200

Jefferson Memorial

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm 110 mm  f10  1/400  ISO 200

Washington Monument

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  40 mm  f11  1/250  ISO 200

This gives an idea of how the trees form a canopy of color over the walkway.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  145 mm  f10  1/400  ISO 200

This is my favorite.  I like  how I captured the bouquet of blossoms on the branch along with the even lighting.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  70 mm  f7.1  1/125  ISO 200

Around the Tidal Basin, as well as, other locations throughout the city, beds of tulips are planted.  This bed was just beginning to come into its own.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  60 mm  f10  1/250  ISO 100

Same bed, different color tulip.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  200 mm  f7.1  1/250  ISO 100

As we were walking back to our car, I had to stop and take some photos of these pansies.  I love the purple color.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  60mm  f10  1/250  ISO 100



  1. Hi Linda,

    Amazing pictures. My favorite is the Jefferson Memorial framed in flowers. That picture could be a poster!

    Great job!


    • Thanks, Tom. The Cherry Blossoms are always beautiful.

  2. Gorgeous, Linda! I never really knew how much coverage the cherry blossoms until I saw your canopy shot above. Wow..might have to go down there next year.

    Love those TJ Memorial shots!

    • Thanks, Scott. It really is worth seeing at least once. I will tell you, that no matter how many times you see them, each year is a new experience.

  3. So true! That is always the guessing game each year.

  4. Those pictures are wonderful. The down side to ‘blossem festivals” always seems to be ‘when will they happen’ Thanks for bringing this one to us this week.

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