On Safari: Cherry Blossoms in D.C.

My loyal readers will recall our Safari trip to South Africa last Fall.  This Spring, we when into Washington, D. C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival weekend.  To add to our photography experience, we signed up for an “urban safari” around the Tidal Basin.  We gathered before sun rise, on a cool morning.  For the next couple of hours we strolled around from the paddle boats to the Roosevelt Memorial, learning about how to shoot pictures for different effects in dawn light, with close and far subjects, and human and architectural themes.  I shall let the photos tell their story from here.






Some times your camera takes photos you did not know about…


Some times with urban photography, you might even capture homo-erectus wifi usefin, the elusive big-foot of urban apartments…



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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to On Safari: Cherry Blossoms in D.C.

  1. Barneysday says:

    Great shots. Is that the Jefferson Memorial, and were the two shots taken from the same spot? The cherry blossom with the water backgroud is great, too. Well done. Sounds like you had a great time.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Your recognition of the Jeffereson Memorial is correct. Our group started at the paddle boat dock and walked about 1/2 mile to the Roosevelt Memorial over a couple of hours. Thus, the lighting and location change. Also, about half of the photos I took & half my wife took, so you get two different compositional interpretations. I was a gorgeous morning, but about 32F. Our fingers could hardly snap the shutter by the end of the safari! Fortunately, the bathrooms were open at the Roosevelt Memorial by then & the hand dryers worked. 🙂

  2. Momma E. says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love the cherry blossom with the water background one particularly. The one time I visited Washington was lovely. I’ve driven through it a couple of times on my way south. It is particularly beautiful at dawn. The marble of the memorials glows pink in the sunrise. Thanks for sharing!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Having lived near Washington for 10 years, and visiting prior and since then regulary (add another 15 years), we are familiar and comfortable with urban treks. I could spend weeks in the Smithsonian and not see everything I would be interested in. Good to see you back. I’ll drop by your blog to see what you’ve been up to recently.

  3. I’ve always heard it’s a lovely time there, and now I see why. Like the last picture best of all!!!!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Then there was Sunday morning, when thousands of runner joined in a 10 mile festival run. Thousands of shoes pounding the pavement around the whole area! Bright, florescent running shorts, tops, bars, etc. distracting the eye from the blossoms. Time to head out. 😮

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