Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Road Trip

This is a photo of the Jefferson Memorial taken last weekend, with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. This is one of my favorite events and we try to catch the blooms at their peak each year. This year was a challenge because of the weather, normally you can expect the trees to be blooming anytime from mid March during a mild winter to the first part of April. There is a sight online that has a Cherry Blossom watch and estimate for peak time but most of the time it's just a guesstimate. We picked a weekend that sounded good, made our reservations and hoped for the best, we figured even if the blossoms weren't in full bloom, there was much to see in DC

It turned out the weather couldn't have been better and the blossoms were still near their peak. One thing I did notice was that most of the blossoms were not as pink as I had remembered, don't know if that was weather related (cold winter) or if it was because the blossoms were almost done.

There are Cherry Blossoms throughout the Mall area but the biggest concentration is along the Tidal Basin where the Jefferson Memorial is, that's where these photos were taken.

Playing with the tint a bit to make them look a little pinker

Many of the branches hung over the side of the rails

The nice weather we had in DC didn't last long, we woke up back home to temps in the 30's this morning. (Thankfully I haven't put all my winter clothes away or planted any of my summer veggies yet) 


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, no wonder you like visiting there. That is so beautiful!

Love the photo of you two.

Have a wonderful Easter ~ FlowerLady

Lea said...

What a lovely, lovely weekend trip! I was there during the Cherry Blossom Festival many years ago and it was just beautiful! Easter blessings!!!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Your photos are beautiful, but I remember when a nephew worked at the Pentagon he always talked of the bright pink cherry blossoms.
I haven't been to D.C. but hope to.
Have a wonderful Easter.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

How beautiful! I have never been to DC, thanks for sharing, so pretty and what a relaxing trip.

Debbie said...

These are just GORGEOUS pictures!! How I would love to see this in person. Glad you enjoyed! Easter blessings to you!

Debbie said...

I am flat out determined to go to DC during cherry blossom time before that daughter of mine tires of her DC adventure. The photos are just beautiful!

Creations By Cindy said...

What a great road trip~ Love the pictures especially the one of your two! Looking good! Happy Easter.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Stephanie said...

Oh my, that first picture is breathtaking! It looks like a beautiful trip filled with many lovely things to see :)

May you have a blessed Easter!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

That first picture is fabulous ... I think it needs to be framed! I would like to visit DC some day ... preferably when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

Camille said...

I think it's wonderful that you were able to get away to such a pretty spot, Maryann. Those blossoms are amazing! I found it interesting that there is actually a website that gives an update on the blooms...wow! We have one flowering cherry tree and there truly is a peak time to view them...and, it really lasts only a few days. So happy for you that you were there when they were at their best. Hugs, Camille