Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC

Cherry Blossoms over Water, Washington DC, USA

Cherry Blossoms over Water, Washington DC, USA

Where does time go?  It seems like only yesterday I updated Journey Photographic… in my defense, the last year has been a blur of major work deadlines, combined with an international move, so it’s been rather busy!   The good news is that regular posting has resumed, and I’ve got quite a build-up of pictures I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone!

This picture was taken at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, an annual festival to celebrate the blooming of the Japanese Cherry trees that line the banks of the Tidal Basin.  The original trees were a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington DC in 1912.  Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbour, four of the trees were chopped down by vandals.  In the hopes of preventing further attacks, they were referred to as ‘Oriental’ cherry trees for the remainder of the war – I’m not sure how this was supposed to fool anyone, but I guess it worked, as the trees (and their descendants) survived the war without further attacks.

29 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC

  1. Well hello there 🙂

    Cherry blossom watching is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do, and I hear DC is one of the better places outside of Japan to do this in.

    Hope you’re all settled in. Where did you move to?

  2. This is absolutely serene. I love the framing and the texture of the water. Also, I know exactly how it is to go long periods without updating your blog. I did exactly the same thing.

  3. Belated welcome back! Seems to me a lot of us photobloggers take extended breaks from time to time, when “real life” insists. Whatever — as long as we keep our cameras handy! 🙂

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  5. It is nice and very picturesque but too short event. Few years ago we came to Washington DC to see Cherry Blossom but our visit was a little bit to late. You never know when it is time for the blossom.

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