2011 cherry blossoms

There are still a few blooming cherry trees out there – such as the huge one threatening our power and internet lines – but most of them are now done for the year. Oliver and I found plenty of blossoms down at the tidal basin in DC and over at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. My favorite is probably the one of the path and benches – the blossoms look like a light dusting of snow.

Floating blossoms Washington Monument and blossoms Helicopter and blossoms Benches and blossoms More pink blossoms Pink blossoms Blossoms in the sun A few blossoms Bunch of blossoms

See you next year!


With all of the tourists in town for the cherry blossoms, it’s a great time for taking pictures of people taking pictures. In my walk around the Tidal Basin I was asked to take two photos, which seems like a lot for a guy wearing a baseball cap and glasses.

Cherry blossoms

We have a tall cherry tree in the backyard, so I don’t need to go all the way down to the Tidal Basin to see blossoms. They’re a bit far up there though, so it’s a good opportunity to use one of my longer lenses. For this I used my favorite, a 135/3.5 Super Takumar, with an extension tube for closer focusing.