Cherry Blossoms

If you’ve lived in the DC area for more than 21 years, why would ya be crazy enough to brave the crowds and visit the Cherry Blossoms at their peak blooming season around the Tidal Basin — we all know what they look like? Good question. I try my best to avoid crowds and we have beautiful cherry blossoms on my street but I was inspired by this time last year, when my father passed away on April 2nd. I wanted to enjoy nature in its glorious abundance and take some lovely photos to document the moment. I noticed, however, I concentrated on the colors and the blossoms themselves, while everyone else seemed to be photographing each other and their neighbor with the cherry blossoms as a backdrop.

My husband and I lucked out in that we got to experience two events for our efforts. The annual kite flying festival around The Washington Memorial was also taking place. This and the cherry blossoms were pretty spectacular — all worth the effort of fighting the hoards of people, which I was pretty amazed by, afterall. It was an artistic venture inspired by family. We finally made it to Chinatown for a well deserved respite.

Accidental flash lights only Metro Guards by C. Ashley SpencerIncredible Long Lines in Metro by C. Ashley Spencer

Kite Festival by C. Ashley SpencerKite Festival/Close Up by C. Ashley SpencerForsythia in Bloom by C. Ashley Spencer

Jaw Dropping Traffic by C. Ashley SpencerThomas Jefferson Memorial by C. Ashley SpencerTJ Memorial and Basin by C. Ashley SpencerCherry Blossom by C. Ashley Spencer

Cherry Blossom Sun Blanket by C. Ashley Spencer Blossom Branch by C. Ashley Spencer
Sunlit China Town Gate by C. Ashley Spencer

And, what started this sentimental journey, Cherry Blossoms on April 2, 2007.

Cherry Blossom Street, 4/2/07 by C. Ashley Spencer

These photos capturing Nature’s beauty bring me peace as I travel back to New Orleans for a family reunion. I have the season’s renewal on my mind.

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