Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms are the most iconic sight in D.C. in the springtime, and we like to capture many different views of them. Here’s what we have seen this year:

The classic views

@Angela N.
©Miki Jourdan
©Angela N.
©Victoria Pickering
@Angela N.

Views from above

@Angela N.
@Angela N.

Dawn

©Miki Jourdan
©Victoria Pickering
©Miki Jourdan

Nighttime

©Victoria Pickering
©Victoria Pickering
©Victoria Pickering

People

Engagement shoots, weddings, romantic couples, people posing – everyone aiming for the fairytale setting among the blossoms.

©Rob Klug
©Rob Klug
©Miki Jourdan
©Rob Klug
©Rob Klug
©Victoria Pickering
©Rob Klug
©Miki Jourdan

The Japanese American Memorial

One of the most moving places to see cherry blossoms is at the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II. The cranes restrained by barbed wire are a symbol for the unjust mass internment of Japanese Americans during the war.

@Angela N.

Bees

An unusual site – bees swarming a cherry tree.

©Rob Klug

Farewell to Stumpy

Stumpy, a 25-year-old tree, has been the most popular tree for many years – coming back into bloom each year even though it always looks so fragile.

Sadly, it will be chopped down soon – this side of the Tidal Basin is regularly flooded and the sea wall needs to be rebuilt, forcing the removal of about 150 cherry trees (and later replanting of replacement trees once the new sea wall is built).

Stumpy was deemed too weak to survive, so it will be chopped up for mulch to be used around the Mall – but fortunately, clones of the tree will be made and new little Stumpies will be planted around the Tidal Basin.

@Angela N.
©Victoria Pickering

Stumpy in the water at high tide:

©Victoria Pickering

Dying blossoms

Even as this year’s blooms end, there’s a strange beauty as they die off.

@Angela N.
©Victoria Pickering

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4 Comments

  1. Love all the photos. Especially the ones of people and of course “Stumpy”.

    This site features some very talented photographers with a keen eye.

    Thank you for all photo

  2. Victoria’s night pix are stunning. Eager to find out how the aerial shots were made (doesn’t look like WashMonument position). Stumpy looks better than the yoshinas on my street… although we’re NOT under water! Thanks for the annual visual treat.

    1. Thanks for reading this! And yes, both aerial shots were taken from the Washington Monument.

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