Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC

Pink Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC

You know when spring has come when it is Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC. This yearly national festival is a highlight for photographers and tourists alike. Over 3,000 Cherry trees were given to Washington DC as a gift from the people of Japan in 1912.  I was fortunate to schedule a trip to Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival and to capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms.White Cherry Blossoms close up in Washington DC

The majority of the Cherry trees surround the Tidal Basin. This is where you can get the best photos of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. The best times to avoid the crowds is to go early in the morning. The walkway around the Tidal Basin can get filled with strollers and crowds so, be patient if you are trying to get that perfect shot.

Jefferson MemorialWhite Cherry Blossoms framing Jefferson Memorial at Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC

Try to take a variety of photographs, close-ups and far away shots. Don’t forget to look up! As most cameras are digital you can’t go wrong taking shot after shot. You might not know for sure which one is the money shot until you get home.Close up of Pink Cheery Blossoms in Washington DCPhotographing Cherry Trees by Tidal Basin at Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DCWhite Cherry Blossoms in Washington DcPink Cherry Blossoms in Washington DCWhite Cherry Blossoms at Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DCPink Cherry Blossoms at Cherry Blossom Time

Washington Monument

My personal favorite photos are ones with the pink blossoms. I took quite a few trying to frame the Washington Monument. It was hard to pick my absolute favorite. Which one do you like?Pink Cherry Blossoms framing Washington Monument at Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DCWashington Monument during Cherry Blossom FestivalPink Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument at the Tidal Basin in Washington DCWashington Monument at Cherry Blossom TimeThis is such a beautiful time to be in Washington DC with all the trees in bloom. You can spend days here taking all kinds of photos of the cherry trees. Although Cherry Blossoms only bloom for 2 weeks (14 days) it is hard to predict the exact time they will be in full bloom. This year (2018) the peak time is expected to be April 8-April 12. My recommendation is to just take a gamble and pick a time to visit either in late March or early April.

If you are interested in visiting during the Cherry Blossom Festival, check out this site for all news pertaining to Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC. Washington DC is a great place to visit and with so many places and things to see, that the Cherry Blossoms can only add a little extra to your trip if you are lucky to be there at the right time. 

Good Luck and Happy Photo Hunting!

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