|This is the time of the year when the cherry trees are in full bloom around here in the Greater Washington Area, and I am sure, in a lot of other places. For the last couple of years, I have made the trek to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC and I have stood in awe at the beauty of the flowering trees around the basin in the early morning, when the sun is just raising in the east and casting a magical glow on the flowers. The price of admission is that you have to be there by sunrise and you have to brave the crowds, even on weekdays.
We have a cherry tree in our backyard and it blooms beautifully; it has grown from a spindly twig of a tree a few years back into a beautiful, robust specimen of a cherry tree now. I addition, we have a flowering quince bush, and both the cherry tree and the quince bush bloom at the same time, so this year, given the profusion of flowers right outside my back door, spiked with a good doses of laziness, I stayed home to admire what I have at home and photograph what I could without getting up early. Here are the results
I have had the great fortune to have seen beautiful places, interesting places and stunningly, jaw-dropping beautiful places. Among the latter ones, I can think of Patagonia in Chile, White Sands in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah and many others, including the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC Tidal Basin.
As with most of gorgeous places, one can see picture after picture of the Tidal Basin surrounded by cherry trees in full bloom but none of them really conveys the majesty of the blossoms. Part of the magic are the fleeting duration of their full bloom in early April when they peak in a day or two and then disappear just as quickly as they blossomed, many times rushed by the wind and rain of April showers, as well as the view of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
I wanted to be early at the Tidal Basin to avoid the rush of people but when I arrived at 6:30AM as the sun was rising behind the Jefferson Memorial monument, the place was already packed; some people had arrived at 5AM!
There is an interesting story of the trees, as told by the National Park Service, and you can find it here.
And here are my pictures, the fruits of my early arrival at the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms. Two pictures from 2010 are included.