2013 Project 365

Project 365/99 – Dawn at the Tidal Basin


With the warming temperatures, the long delayed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin have finally hit their peak bloom. With an early pre-dawn departure, I arrived to the cherry blossoms before dawn. Many photographers were already on-site establishing their desired position for the sun rise.

The cloud cover wasn’t as desirable to ensure a brilliant sunrise, but the warm colors still shined through. This is the first warm spring morning where the temperatures were in the upper 60’s. In previous years, I’ve been bundled up like an Eskimo, but this year it was short sleeves.


The cherry blossoms were nothing short of glorious, and along the water it was a picture perfect way to start the day. Oh the pinks, the creamy whites, the delicate blossoms. Where does one even start when capturing the blossoms.

Starting with an establishing shot, I then began to wander along the basin. I explored the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, which as a semi-local, I have to admit I never knew was there! There is also the new Martin Luther King Memorial, surrounded with young blooming cherry blossom trees.

I then pulled out my Macro lens and started to get closer images of these beautiful flowers. I’m going to save the memorials to share with you tomorrow.

But you must click through to my smugmug site to see some of the closeups of these beautiful flowers. I promise you, it’s worth the trip!

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    • Thanks Charlie! You’re so awesome with your wonderful comment. So happy you enjoyed these. I saw that tons of new cherry trees have been planted in the area, so in about 5 years the area will be truly stunning.

  1. Wow, so that’s what I just missed! I was in DC a few days ago hoping that the cherry trees would bloom but it was a few days early. Thanx for rubbing it in with those excellent pictures! 😉

    • Oh you are kidding ! I feel so much for you. I am truly blessed to have the luxury of living close by and have a flexible schedule so that I can enjoy them on their best day. I’m more than happy to share these with you and I think it deserves you to get a 8×10 print of your choice if you want. Just let me know!

  2. The reflection of the structure on the water is magnificent. It seems to be a windless day. As for the close up picture, really smug, huh? You are one good photographer.

  3. These are stunning, Emily, and what a wonderful way to start the day. And hooray for the weather. A bit of sun on our backs does us the world of good after the long winter.
    Have fun!!

  4. Wow Emily, these are gorgeous – from your set-up straight through to the close-ups. The colors generating from the golden glows of the sun, to the pinks of the cherry blossoms are a painters dream. Spectacular work!

  5. wow, those are some wonderful pictures emily!! finally spring arrived in vienna as well and from tomorrow on i will have a lot of time for my camera 🙂

      • Always a pleasure to look at your amazing photos and this way I’ve had another look, which is wonderful this time of year as I do get a bit low in spirits in the depths of winter and sometimes I just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, that being the Spring!

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