Friday, March 23, 2012

DC Up Close: Celebrating 100 Years of Cherry Blossoms

DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival is beloved by both locals and tourists alike, and each year, I look forward to braving the crowds to take in the beauty of these gorgeous tress. Given to the United States by Japan back in 1912, the cherry blossoms are celebrating their centennial this year, and Stephen and I had a fun time heading into town earlier this week to capture a few late-afternoon shots.





While down at the Tidal Basin, we also enjoyed visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and catching a glimpse of colorful tulips blooming just about everywhere. 





Have you ever been to DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival? What signs of spring are popping up in your area right now? 

22 comments:

  1. I have heard so much about this festival. The pictures are beautiful! I would love to visit sometime and see this in person.

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  2. Great photos! I love photographing flowers - it really brightens my mood. I've only been to DC once, and it was in the middle of February (thank goodness it was a mild winter that year). The cherry blossoms in Japantown in SF have been blooming since February, but our cherry blossom festival isn't until April 22. Have a great weekend!

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  3. They're gorgeous! I would love to visit DC during the spring sometime so I can see them. In the meantime, I'm planning to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in NYC, which has a nice collection of cherry blossom trees.

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  4. That's sooo pretty! It's definitely on my list of things to-do...one day...{sigh}

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  5. How awesome!!! I'm so glad you took such beautiful photos! I feel like I'm there.
    I thought this was pretty neat that they are 100 years old this year. I would love to see them in person, too!

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  6. wasn't it so beautiful down there? And that makes me realize, next time i'm down there - i need to check out MLK!!!

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  7. The cherry blossoms are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your awesome photos!!

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  8. Heather! I love your blog, and your pictures. I've been reading sporadically for some time, but never commented. I'm making my own foray into this blogging world, so I'll follow more closely from here. What is ROW80?

    -Lia

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  9. That has always been one of my favorites about DC!

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  10. I'm going to have to plan a visit to check them out one day!

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  11. How beautiful - I love cherry blossoms and wish I could see them in bloom again! Tulips in bloom are also so lovely!

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  12. I really hope to visit DC again. It is truly amazing and I love the museums. I think...I spotted an outfit post? Quasi outfit post? The look is great and cherry blossom smell and look so beautiful. Sign of Spring in Chicago...3 season of weather within the same day!

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  13. Beautiful pictures! I had planned to go to DC for the Cherry Blossom festival - the only time I could go was leaving tomorrow and I have been informed that all the blossoms are on the ground so I am definitely very bummed out. xo

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  14. What lovely photos, the photo of you and Stephen is so sweet. Did you see the postage stamps with the Cherry Blossoms on them? I would love to see them in person. Dogwoods are blooming every where and our tulips are ready to bloom, but now this cold front is making me worry! We put a box over them last night and probably will tonight again. Hopefully it helps!

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  15. AMAZING photos, I went 2 years ago but the weather was bad so I didn't get to see any flowers ;( This year I am too busy and can't make it either. So sad!

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  16. I've always wanted to go during the cherry blossom festival. I can't believe they're in bloom already...is the festival happening now? I thought it was mid-late april?!

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  17. I was away so i didn't get to visit the blossoms but they look so lovely!!

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  18. this looks like such an amazing place to experience. blooming flowers are my favorite, and i need to see this. your photos are great.

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