Canopy of Blossoms
The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular and most beautiful attractions in the Washington, D.C. This year approximately one million people came to see the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin during the first two weeks in April.
Tokyo gave Washington approximately 3,000 cherry trees in the early 1900s to beautify the city and recognize a growing friendship between the two cities, countries, and cultures. In 1965, Tokyo gave an additional 3,800 trees. And in 1981, the Japanese brought the friendship full circle by taking clippings from our cherry trees to return to Japan after floods destroyed many of their trees.
In 1912, a shipment of cherry trees arrived in Seattle, Washington rather than Washington D.C. When the trees finally arrived in D. C., horticulturists noticed their roots had been severely pruned for shipment causing a possible threat to their survival. To save the trees, their branches and trunks were “topped” pruned. As the trees were further inspected, they were found to be infested with insects and disease. The U.S. apologized to Japan and ordered that the trees be burned. The cherry trees along with their wrappings and packing were set on fire.
Soon after the original cherry trees were burned, a second shipment arrived from Japan becoming the foundation of the trees today.
The Cherry Blossom Trees are tended by the National Park Service Arborists. Each of the more than 3,700 trees receives individual attention based on its needs.
Between 2002 and 2006, four hundred trees propagated from the 1912 donation, were planted to ensure that the genetic lineage of the original trees is continued.
I recommend Bulent Atalay’s (batalay) Spring Has Sprung I and Spring Has Sprung II for the historical origins of Washington’s cherry trees.
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ChrisJ (104429) 2009-04-20 18:22
Lots of cherry blossum in South Korea, also, where I'm based at the moment. Well framed & composed, with wonderful reflections & good sharpness. Tfs!
batalay (36994) 2009-04-20 18:36
How fortunate to have just logged onto Trekearth, when this magical photograph rolled in. It is a classc view of the Washington Monument, framed by the cherry blossoms, but also an ephemeral view. I like the inclusion of the Old Post Office Tower just to the side of the Monument. Your note is first rate, highly informative as usual.
Jakab (3867) 2009-04-21 7:12
a carefully composed photo with good lights and colours. (OK, the weather could always be better with deep blue sky and nice clouds but we must not be voracious.) I appreciate that the monument and its reflection is shown in full length, decorated but not hidden by the blossoms. The note is interesting and informative as usual in your gallery.
trekks (14348) 2009-04-21 8:10
Thank you for visiting my gallery and I am glad you did because here I am, looking at this delightful sakura of DC in this well done shot of the water reflection for this double of sakura and monument. Good work.
Of course even if your note did not mention about Bulent's posts, your photo reminds me of his earlier work. Your version is nicely done too.
sacimar (26205) 2009-04-21 8:21
beautiful composition with the obelisk surrounded by the cherry blossom trees, the reflection is fantastic, great colours and tones, well done!
My best regards
ciakgiak (30423) 2009-04-21 9:58
great POV and fantastic composition, I like to see the obelisk surrounded by the cherry blossom trees.
The reflections are really fantastic so as the color and the excellent sharpness.
jmdias (59000) 2009-04-21 15:14
very nice pov and framing, collecting 2 symbols of this city. amazing image, good colors and light. well done. I red in some place that these trees were menaced during the II war, in Brazil many symbols from italia, germany and japan were destroyed in that time, even that languages were forbiden here
kato (11630) 2009-04-22 3:13
Well composed and very fresh photograph!
I think that cherry blossoms that is dripping to Potomac river have put out good atmosphere as well as the reflection of Washington Monument and delicate small surf with thin blue color layer of the river.
And, it's good about soft and elegant color tone.
I'm looking at this photograph in special feelings.
I want to visit Washington D.C. where cherry blossoms bloom once while I'm alive.
Thanks for sharing!
siamesa (27763) 2009-04-22 6:42
Good morning Betty
What's a lovely picture! Wonderful soft colours and a poetic atmosphere. Congratulations.
berek (43727) 2009-04-22 12:33
what a wonderful spring sense . I love nature framing idea and result. nice reflections too. greetings.
paololg (31448) 2009-04-22 15:18
Ciao dear Betty,
beautiful spring image with the colors pleasantly soft and an excellent sharpness. Excellent also the WS, you have really done a pleasant work, compliments!
Ciao, have a nice day!
belido (19934) 2009-04-23 5:52
simply beautiful! The Cherry Blossoms are such a nice element to fill the space around the monument. Light is really pleasant and the exposure was well managed. Very well seen!
bona (13522) 2009-04-23 10:29
Hi Betty, nice information about this blossoms. I like the colors of it. The monument in the background, I allways saw it in movies but what it means?
bracasha75 (24585) 2009-04-24 0:30
I like this view thry blossom branches and the view on this monument
Thanks for sharing
scroller (3441) 2009-04-24 2:16
I remember the Cherry blossom festival and the beauty the flowers bring every spring in Washington. The Japanese cherry trees are well capured and makes a excellent frame!
Betsr Regards! Stefan
Philippe (11836) 2009-04-24 13:02
Hi, Betty. The cherry blossoms frame the Washington Monument very nicely. The row of trees on the left bank makes a very good diagonal line pointing to the Monument. The contrast and colours are very good and there is a nice reflection of the building on the water surface.
Have a nice week-end,
paura (47184) 2009-04-24 15:40
Colours and lighting are excellent here, in this shot from this nice POV. The reflections in the water surface are really beautiful. well done!
Atousa (7131) 2009-04-24 21:52
Very nice title for this beautiful spring shot..I like the way you framed it with the tower surrounded by the cherry blossoms.. the inclusion of the branch in the bottom of the image has been a good idea..very well done n thanks for the good note as well.
Best regards, Atousa
danyy (0) 2009-04-24 23:50
le choix du format vertical est le meilleur pour donner de l'élan à cette colonne. Elles est un peu centrée et je trouve qua le feuillages même si il est aux couleurs du printemps, cache un peu l'arrière-plan.
luighi (5297) 2009-04-25 10:56
Hola Betty , me gusta mucho esta imagen porque ademas de ser una excelente composicion con el primer plano del arbol en flor tiene un estupendo grafismo , colores y esta muy bien iluminada, buen trabajo.
Un cordial saludo.
AROBN54 (11473) 2009-04-25 19:32
what a prettily done photo! Those pink blossoms are just wonderful. Beautifully framed, lovely color, perfectly balanced and I love the reflection. Oh my, that's a pretty shot! Well done! Many thanks and warm regards,
Uhu (8533) 2009-04-27 0:31
Oh wow, such a declicate colors and lovely landscape!
Amazing work, with all these hanging branches with petals!
denisn72 (8300) 2009-04-29 16:42
I like the colours of the flowers. Amazing reflection and point of view. The atmosphere is really interesting. Good job!
foozi (7101) 2009-05-06 22:02
excellent presentation of pleasant place. The beauty is well depicted in great details and sharpness. The calm and peaceful scenery is excellently depicted.
The natural framing of the flowers make this capture an impressive one.
Beautiful and serene.
rikko77 (10861) 2009-05-07 1:38
a very good framing here! I find it original and nice, with the reflection that makes the pic even more interesting. Well done!
have a nice day,
roodakroofka (279) 2009-05-11 0:20
Congratulations! It's a great picture in all aspects.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-05-12 0:49
Hi Betty. There is so much blossom on the far trees the photo almost looks like an infrared shot. Beautifully framed and excellent sharpness. The reflection adds a nice calm mood also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
flavioandrey (319) 2009-05-19 9:56
Amazing composition and P.O.V. Nice colours and great framed with the cherry blossoms.
BilboCA (734) 2009-07-04 23:38
I'm glad to have a chance to become acquainted with your gallery. You do wonderful work and I'm sure I can learn a lot from studying it!
This photo exemplifies some elements I see in your other images. Strong subject. Clean composition. Technically flawless. In a way, the Washington Monument is a microcosm of the larger image. What could be more elegant than the simple geometric shape of this obelisk, with almost perfectly monochromatic faces?
The gentle pink color of the cherry blossoms, both foreground and in the distance, and the soft, almost still surface of the water add to the overall effect.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-11-02 6:26
Betty, this is a really nice one. The lower branch breaking up the reflection and adding the "foreground object" is perfect, great work.
jaywalker (16101) 2010-01-30 9:13
Hi Betty, A beautifully composed photo & the rippling reflection is wonderful, I love the blossom surround it adds a superb touch of nature & the detail is very good, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Ricx (13495) 2010-03-30 10:57
Hi Betty, I know this image was taken nearly a yeaqr ago, but it still remains a great photo of spring. I like the gently pinks against the pale blue. A Fascinating note as well I hope your spring this year will be as beautiful Ricx
serp2000 (42114) 2010-05-30 20:08
Superb composition! Excellent POV, good sharpness and nice soft colours. Do you living in D.C.?
Greetings from Russia,
giorgimer (34939) 2010-07-25 1:39
one of the most interesting shots I've ever seen about this famous place. Great mix of nature, reflecton and construction
mafegan (8624) 2010-07-25 16:57
Stunningly beautiful scene with the reflections and the cherry blossoms framing the obelisk. Perfect lighting. Tfs, Marlene
kiasari (62) 2010-11-08 19:29
I really like your idea to do such a framing. The reflection of tower in water makes the shot so fantastic. Well done!
smash2707 (3320) 2012-11-30 8:24
Nicely framed shot of the obelisk for a beautiful composition. nice, delicate colors. great sharpness. TFS
magui (653) 2015-08-07 12:16
Lovely composition and nice colours. The reflection is really fantastic.
- Copyright: Betty Jones (BWJ) (3086)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-05
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron AF 18-250 1:3.5-6.3 IF MACRO
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Washington Monument [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-20 18:15
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