One of the rites of spring for us here in the Washington DC area is the coming of the cherry blossoms. For us it is one of the signs that spring is finally here.
Every year the Cherry Blossom Festival is held on the Tidal Basin (basically right in front of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving on the other side of the street) by the Jefferson Memorial. When the blossoms are open fully it is a gorgeous sight. The problem is that Washington weather is so fickle. So, for example, this year, the blossoms were only starting to open today. With a few more days of nice heat they will be open fully. Think of the Tidal Basin bathed in a pinkish-white color, it is sublime!
Anyway, there are a lot of programs and activities connected to the Festival, which usually lasts a few weeks.
Don't come expecting that you will be the first one there, you won't be! There are photographers and tourists that will be there for the sunrise when the blossoms are in bloom. Weekends, like today, are packed with people. It is definitely a fun thing. Don't let the crowds intimidate you, you will get plenty of great shots. You can also rent a paddle boat. People will bring lunch and sit on the grass and just enjoy the day.
Tip- Best shots with the Jefferson Memorial are walking toward the Martin Luther King Memorial and also over by the FDR memorial.
Every year, people come from all over the planet to experience the awe and wonder of the cherry blossom trees that line the Potomac River that runs through the city of Washington, DC. It's an annual event, held around the first week of April. There's a parade that is really fun to be in, with many other things to do.
The history is this: "The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrating the continued close relationship between our two cultures.
In a simple ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees from Japan on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. In 1915, the United States Government reciprocated with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. A group of American school children reenacted the initial planting in 1927 and the first "festival” was held in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the Nation’s Capital." You can see the remaining article, as well as all the info you need about this festival on the web site posted below.
A great time to visit DC is at the end of March/beginning of April when the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place. In the early 1900s, D.C. received a gift of several thousand cherry trees from Japan as a gesture of goodwill. Since then, DC has celebrated the blooming of the trees in spring with parades, a kite festival, concerts and many other events.
The cherry blossoms surround the Tidal Basin and extend to the Jefferson Memorial. The easiest way to get there is to take the Smithsonian metro exit (blue and orange lines) and walk towards the National Monument. It's pleasant to just walk around amongst the trees or take a picnic lunch. Another option is to take a Potomac cruise to view the blossoms from the water.
Expect big crowds, especially on the weekends.
Every spring, from late March to early April, Washington holds its first big annual festival, which draws visitors from all over. It's the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Japanese government made a gift of cherry trees to the United States, and when they bloom it's a gorgeous sight.
One of the great joys of living in Washington comes each spring when the Japanese Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Bassin begin to bloom. Donated by the people of Japan in 1912, the blooming blossoms are quite something! To see millions of these budding flowers in one place is quite a sight, so it is not surprising that thousands of people flock to this area for a few weeks during the spring to sit around the blossoms, bring a picnic lunch, and generally enjoy the scenary.
Check out the website below for specific information about the timing of the blooming each year. An annual parade and other associate activities are also done each year! Lots of fun!
I thought I would try out the Macro on this camera so here is the resualt with cherry blossoms. Just make sure you have fun and enjoy your self while playng with your camera, try thing and see how it comes out. Remeber to always bring LOTS of batteries so you don't have to go all the way back to the car, it could be a very long walk.
Take an early mornig stroll along the Potomac River near the Tidal Basin. This is a very peaceful walk with wounderful views of the monument and the river. Be careful, the side walk seen to have been messed up by and high waters and there are several large holes you could hurt your self in. For the most part the sidewalk along the river is very nice and wide.
This day was perfect for photos due to the low people count. I loved the shape of the cherry tree, as you can see there are several types of cheery trees with many diferent shade of pink & white. Bring lots of batteries this day! It so peaceful walking along the Tidal Basin when there are no crowds early in the morning.
The Cherry Blossoms blooming is a beautiful sight to see. This was our first time going during the blooming of the cherry blossoms and it was well worth the trip. We got in the area on Thursday and got up early and started out on our walk along the Tidal Basin along Ohio Drive. It was a week day so many people were at work and we had a nice relaxing walk, not many people and a great time for photos.
During the Cherry Blossom Festivities in April is a great time to visit as the monuments look gorgous with all the trees. The actual street festival and various entertainment is also great to see. However, if you are opposed to crowds, then this is not the best time to come as the city becomes jam packed with people wanting to pose amongst the trees.
A gift from Asia, along the water in Washington DC around the Jefferson Memorial are the most beautiful Cherry Blossom Trees you've ever seen. Once a year in the spring the delicate flowers on these trees blossom for about two weeks... and it's two weeks of magic. I'm not a nature girl or tree hugger by far, but walking through these trees was like being in an enchanted forrest of pink and white. It felt so surreal. If you could, time your visit around this festival... where there are many other events planned throughout the city to celebrate this event in the first weeks of April.
The cherry blossoms bloom only for about two weeks during the end of March and the first weeks of April. It is a very busy time in Washington, but it is really beautiful.