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!