National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC, USA
Get to the Tidal Basin for sunrise and you’ll be rewarded with great photos.
It’s that time of year when Washington, DC’s cherry blossom trees are out in full force; so I thought I’d dig out an old photo from my archives from when I lived in DC. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the donation of 3,000 cherry blossom trees by the mayor of Tokyo. Over the course of about a month (from mid-March to mid-April) there are a whole host of events across town include a parade, fireworks and daily performances from local and international artists. Above all, the obvious highlight is the blooming of the cherry blossom trees around the tidal basin. If you feel like getting up at the crack of dawn (and, on the weekends in particular, battling other sleep-deprived tourists all jockeying to stake out the best spots) then sunrise on the basin makes for a great photo at this time of year. Just make sure you keep up to date on the ‘Bloom Watch’ Website or you’ll run the risk of missing the stars of the show!