GLIMPSING MR. JEFFERSON
Around the last week of March each year, the cherry blossom trees ringing the Tidal Basin in Washington DC bloom in spectacular fashion, and offer a dazzling show for visitors and natives. The last time I posted a photo of the occasion was in April of 2008, Spring Has Sprung, when the sky collaborated with the blossoms, even outshone them. Since the weather and light for the present photograph was not as agreeable, I decided to put other elements of the scene on display.
The age of these trees span virtually the entire 20th century. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (1856-1928), the first female member of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, was both a photographer and a geographer ideal credentials for Trekearth. In 1885, Ms. Scidmore, after one of many visits to Japan, recommended to the Superintendent of Parks in Washington, DC, that the city government should think of decorating public parks with flowering Japanese sakura (cherry trees). Her suggestion fell on deaf ears, at least initially. In 1909, however, when Ms. Scidmore wrote to Helen Taft, wife of the newly elected US President William Taft, she found an enthusiastic supporter in the First Lady. Subsequently, the Japanese Embassy became interested, and publicized it in Japan. In 1912 the People of Tokyo donated 3020 trees to the People of Washington. The trees were planted around the Tidal Basin, and they are now in view of three national memorials those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the newest, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Through the cherry blossoms in this photo one can see the neo-Classical memorial honoring Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third President of the United States. Mr. Jefferson enjoyed two four-year terms spanning the eight years, 1801-1809. With a little effort, one can also make out the dark silhouette of the statue standing in the center of the circular structure. It is a 5.8 m (19 ft) tall bronze statue of a genuine "Giant Among Men". And around the interior cornices of the building, one can see Jeffersons immortal words carved in marble, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness This is the opening of the most important document in the history of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, penned by Jefferson in 1776. With deep commitment to intellectual honesty and independence of thought, he wrote, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." This is also chiseled on the walls.
The design of the pristine white marble structure reflects Mr. Jefferson's own attraction to Classical architecture. A polymath scientist/engineer/political theorist/architect... and an extraordinary writer (although not as skillful a speaker) Jefferson found inspiration from a visit to the Pantheon in Rome. On his return to the infant United States, he built his own house, "Monticello," in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a dome evocative of the 2000-year old Roman masterpiece. I had previously submitted a photo of Monticello as "Reflections on Jefferson". Of the 44 Presidents in American History, he was the most intelligent, and the most enigmatic. A few months ago, with palpable humility, I addressed a large group of physicians under the dome of the Rotunda that he had designed for the University of Virginia the institution that he personally founded.
The Tidal Basin is a large circular pond that serves as an overflow repository for the Potomac River. Following days of rain, the colors of the Potomac River and the Tidal Basin are unusually brown.
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Didi (60590) 2010-03-31 22:36
Hello my friend
This an interesting way to show flowers here, very good quality frame, in spite of the cloudy sky.
ellelloo (6572) 2010-03-31 23:57
Just when I yesterday saw views of this spring spectacle of Washington DC in our TV, you have presented this beautiful shot in TE. Good control of light, excellent depth and most beautiful and natural colours. TFS!
Greetings from Espoo, south Finland, which still has over 30 cm snow, now quickly melting though.
snunney (104729) 2010-04-01 1:01
The cherry blossoms make a beautiful frame for the classical lines of the background architecture. The image has a pleasing lighting complemented by natural colours and excellent clarity. A well conceived and presented image.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2010-04-01 1:52
Hocam sizin çiçek festivali zamanı yine geldi. Ön tarafta çiçekler, arka pilanda bulutlu asuman ve sutünlar arasındaki insan silüeti ile mükemmel bir kare. Selamlar, saygılar.
Longroute (19396) 2010-04-01 1:55
A very charming photo and a masterful composition. Nature and architecture perfectly integrated. Blessed is the country who has leaders (or leaders wives) who care for trees... (:-)
A splendid image to celebrate Spring.
Urs (14082) 2010-04-01 3:21
Wow, you already have the first signs of spring, that's lovely, certainly better as the heavy downpours we now get almost on a daily basis. Good research on Jefferson and a similarly good photo job, looking through the blossom of the tree ... excellent idea. Well done
Thanks for your critique of my dragonfly shot. You must have studied Latin and know the Roman history very well. 2763 years ago there must have been dragonflies in Rome as well. I really like history. We seem to share that passion.
carper (96) 2010-04-01 3:36
very beautiful my friend.
the spring is here in the shot, good looking through for just a piece of the memorial, a very good photo Bulent and a very interesting note with it, very good photo job here. I wish you and your family a good Easter.
jemaflor (101321) 2010-04-01 4:07
sympatic pink flowers on your shot, well the view of the statue between colonn, well managed.
Greg1949 (9011) 2010-04-01 4:57
Bulent, Great work as usual. Love this sight of the memorial of one of history's most brilliant men, as JFK said at the dinner honoring American Nobel Prize winners, April 29, 1962:
I think that this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-04-01 5:12
Bonito este primeiro plano com estas árvores em flor , são muito bonitas com a chegada da primavera, bonitos detalhes de arquitectura de fundo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
gildasjan (43824) 2010-04-01 5:52
Un très beau décor de printemps pour habiller cette belle architecture.
Une bonne journée à vous
npecanhuk (76927) 2010-04-01 6:05
That's a very interesting and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, vertical format, black&white frame and specially colors, dof and composition are all excellent!
That building is wonderful and the natural framing with the cherry trees is gorgeous!
TFS - congratulations!
asajernigan (21427) 2010-04-01 7:07
I like your creativity here showing us the Jefferson monument through the cherry blossoms. The cherry tree provides nice framing as well as giving the photo depth. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has nice sharpness.
pauloog (11751) 2010-04-01 9:12
The monument well encapsulated by the blossoms, a beautiful sight.
BWJ (3094) 2010-04-01 19:32
This is a fantastic shot showing the cherry blossoms at their peak and also giving a great view of the Jefferson Memorial. You selected a very effective POV. The DOF, lighting, and colors are all excellent. Your note, as usual, is so well written and informative. I especially like the paragraph about the Jefferson Memorial.
gunbud (34066) 2010-04-01 19:38
What a splendid sign of spring with the lovely bloosoms framing the Mr. Jefferson's mountment.
Your note is most imformative.
Thomas was a very emigmatic figure in the early U.S. history with his wrightings about freedom while owning slaves that were not freed until his death.
That said I would wager that Sally would love your image.
edge (7409) 2010-04-01 21:15
Hello Bulent, Excellent shot of the memorial through the cherry blossoms. I am sure you braved some crowds to get this shot. I lived in Fairfax , VA for 3 years and I can remember people scrambling to go to DC. when the cherry blossoms were blooming. I like the color and lighting in this scene. It gives the picture some rich tones. Have a great Easter. Regards, Roger
Leconte (5795) 2010-04-02 0:36
hello Dear Bulent,
what a beautiful composition with this framework almost covered with flowers that appear to provide this great white dome if the statue in silhouette in a wonderful perspective in a light is very soft,
I saw your previous conferences and I hope that your new "job" of retired is pleasant for you,
Cricri (123740) 2010-04-02 0:36
Très jolie cette présentation printanière qui laisse un aperçu sur le bâtiment blanc, c'est joli et romantique je trouve
Have a nice day
jhm (157892) 2010-04-02 3:46
You took a very soft picture with the cherry blossoms.
Through the cherry blossoms see we splendid the photo of the Neo-Classical memorial honoring Thomas Jefferson.
These images make always impression through the fantastic combination.
Captured and composed are very nice for look at. TFS.
Have a nice Easter weekend,
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-04-02 4:46
a great eye in composing a scene, and a great mastery in quality permitted you to obtain an outstanding result, the view of the splendid memorial honoring Thomas Jefferson, through the cherry blossoms, is absolutely fantastic.
Have a great Easter WE.
TRB (14124) 2010-04-02 14:18
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Bahar oralarda da kendini gösterdi.
Çiçekler ne kadar güzel,renkleri, ışığı ve kadrajı ile
çok güzel zarif bir çalışma.
resat1972 (7576) 2010-04-02 22:36
merhaba Bülent Bey,
Kiraz çiçekleri, arkadaki göl ve Anıtı kadraja çok güzel almışsınız.Anıt içerisinden görünen insan figürü fotoğrafa değer katmış. Çiçekleri duruşu çok güzel,
Graal (103038) 2010-04-02 22:47
very nice composition and interesting place. I like the blossom trees on FG. Good note and done photo.
Have a nice day.
anokutan (15097) 2010-04-02 23:15
Bülent bey merhaba,
Adeta çiçeklerle örülmüş bir kare.Farklı çiçeklerden oluşması da çok güzel olmuş.Arka planın güzelliğini de belirtmek gerekiyor tabi.Saygılar.
paololg (31448) 2010-04-03 8:00
Ciao dear friend,
the beauty of the nature with the architectural beauty of the human genius: a fantastic mix! Really pleasant!
With the occasion I wish you and your family a serene Easter and a happy week end!
belido (19934) 2010-04-03 8:39
I found this very charming. The way you composed, including those beautiful cherry blossom trees agaisnt the the partially hidden architecture in the background. The tight framing works pretty well, bringing some pleasant atmosphere. Lovely natural colors and light. Very well done!
paura (47186) 2010-04-03 11:07
Supperb framing here, friend. Fine nature and architecture details in a very well composed job. Well done!
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-04-03 13:05
A great point of view, Bulent, with the monument flitered by the blossoming trees: a combination of the the vivid life of the flowers in Spring, and the cold white marble of the mausoleum making a link with Winter (and Deah...). The "extra-super bonus" is the silhouette of the statue visible between two columns. A great shot, both esthetical and inspiring.
A very nice Estern celebration,
MLINES (12516) 2010-04-03 18:50
Hi Bulent, A trenmendous photo with interesting re,marks as always. The elements of water, trees and stone masonry come together very well. Good focus both in the foreground and background. Your 18-70mm lens does a good job, in the right hands. TFS. Murray.
PS Am off to Japan soon, maybe some late blossoms about still?
Angshu (56760) 2010-04-03 22:26
Dear Professor 'A'
An amazing view of the Jefferson Memorial, though the cherry blossoms. Very, very beautiful! Though as you said, the light was not the best, this element of framing a fine soft colours of the flowers add that extra dimension to the shot. Well done!
With Warmest Regards
PS : Regarding the summer temperatures (37°-44°C) you talked about...44°C is not something you would face anywhere in the monsoon times, except of course the weather pattern changes. Temperatures would hover around 35 or slightly above, but the humidity is bad. It would have been great (a privilege really) if I got an opportunity to meet you!
yedirenk (11244) 2010-04-04 0:44
merhaba Bülent hocam,
çok zarif bir bahar karesi olmuş bu.kadraj tercihiniz ve bakış açınız harika.insana pozitif enerji ve coşku yükleyen bir kompozisyon..teşekkürler,selamlar
tober (8797) 2010-04-04 2:06
Merhaba Sayın Hocam, arka plandaki mimarî biraz farklı olsa fotoğrafı Japonya'da çektiğinizi zannedebilirdim. Fidanları Japonların hediye ettiğini zaten notunuzda belirtmiştiniz. Geçen seneden de güzel bir fotoğraf yüklemiştiniz yine bu temada. İç açıcı bir görüntü. Elinize sağlık, saygılar. Tolga
bukitgolfb301 (44279) 2010-04-04 5:17
Hello my dear Bulent
Great shot indeed! Nice framework and perfect color coordination and allocation. Composition is marvelous too. Unfortunatelly sakura in tokyo stars falling down. Thier life is too short that is why attractive too.
Thanks for sharing your good work.
plimrn (21344) 2010-04-04 9:02
I've never seen the graceful lines of the Jefferson Memorial in a prettier frame.
macjake (71059) 2010-04-04 10:19
the cherry blossoms really fill up the frame here, and i'm glad they are two different shades of pink, as it may look too monochrome if they weren't. the color variation is pleasing to the eye!
excellent composition with the statue clearly placed inbetween the columns.
maximage (15537) 2010-04-04 14:27
Très belle image de printemps. Magnifique architecture du bâtiment à l'arrière plan. Excellente composition.
Amitiés de Suisse.
papagolf21 (106811) 2010-04-04 14:54
Bonsoir, cher ami Bulent,
Très belle mise en image de l'arrivée du printemps. Les fleurs colorées se marient avec beaucoup d'élégance avec l'arrière-plan.
Une composition emplie de douceur et de charme.
emka (104216) 2010-04-04 23:59
I remember these cherry trees from your posts of the previous year and I have been waiting for the new one. Fantastic composition- we can see these wonderful trees and behind them the Jefferson Memorial. Even when the weather was not so good, the photo is very attractive. Very interesting photo and note, beautiful delicate colours.
cagla (4342) 2010-04-05 2:26
Merhaba Bülent Bey, Mayıs sonu gibi DC'de olacağım ama anladığım kadarıyla bu harika cherry blossomları da kaçırmış olacağım. Fotoğrafınız, kompozisyonunuz nefis olmuş. Bakış açınız, kolonların arasından silüetin görünmesi, önde çiçekleri net almak, renkler hepsini çok beğendim. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar. Çağla.
Cretense (68703) 2010-04-05 3:30
Hello, dear Bulent!
Beautiful photo, wonderful "blending" of nature and architecture, a great "portrait" of spring! Great composition and framing, flawless light management, wonderful colours and a very interesting note, as always!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-04-05 4:27
Namaste Professor Bulent,
very good capture of this beautiful buildings using a superb point of view. Nice light and superb depth. The contrast between the white building and the flowering trees is excellent. Very well presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice week.
patdeph (35748) 2010-04-05 6:37
I like to see the architecture throught he blossoms,this is superb,very good idea!
JCG (35129) 2010-04-05 12:29
These cherry trees in flowers are really a godsend for the photographer, as we can also see it in Japan !!! A beautiful spring composition which has also the merit not to completely occult the architecture of this splendid memorial. An interesting marriage and very pleasant, well done Bülent and thank you for your instructive note, like always.
With all my friendships and with soon,
zoomer (6) 2010-04-05 14:47
Fine homage and exquisite composition showing Jefferson and the blossoms in nice detail.A worthy picture,best regards Wolf.
Tezic (17867) 2010-04-05 15:32
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
kadrajda zerafet böyle bir şey olsa gerek... sıradan bir ağaç ve dalları arasından estetik bir görüntü yaratmak adına bu karenizi çok beğendim... tebrikler..
notunuz her zamanki gibi yine muhteşem... teşekkürler..
Waylim (25436) 2010-04-05 18:22
Has spring come early this year? Is is only end of march, I expect the blossom to happen more in mid april to may.
Well regardless, it is absolutely stunning colors and so cheerful.
I wish to visit DC soon after seeing this image.
TopGeo (38216) 2010-04-05 22:37
Hi Bulent!I thank for your wishes of Easter also for sharing! H intense my bloomed screen impresses Also the note has important points and links! Exceptional work and idea! I praise you!
jafadabret (56501) 2010-04-05 23:54
Cette photo est très agréable. J'aime cet édifice vu à travers les arbres en fleurs. Beau graphisme et couleurs douces !
danos (101794) 2010-04-07 0:36
nice this blossom complex of trees in Tidal basin through it can see the memorial honoring to Thomas Jefferson.Lovely shot with the dense of the blooms to make the scene dreamily.Informative your note as well.
delpeoples (59434) 2010-04-07 5:34
Hi Bulent, cherry blossoms are such beautiful and poetic trees. They contrast here superbly against the amazing white architecture in the BG. I like the idea of your composition, glimpsing through these characteristic trees. The image is wonderful and sharp and well composed as usual. Thanks also for your Note and I wish you a wonderful week, Lisa
bebbetto (40) 2010-04-07 11:04
your notes are oftne more interesting and attractive than your beautiful photos with the links you include.
Thanks for this.
shevchenko (20548) 2010-04-07 22:36
Good pov to frame the background architecture through the blossom, nice landscape full with poetic flavour and relaxing feel, just like in the paradise, good shoot.
polpo56 (15136) 2010-04-07 23:57
the beautiful flowers of these trees could think of a Japanese garden, but the inclusion of the historic building, as well as enhance the image, is the best witness that we are right in the land of America.
Have a nice day
P.S. compliments for the beautiful note.
mesutilgim (96744) 2010-04-08 6:12
Selam sevgili Bülent dost,
Sen bizim gibi hergün bir kare göndermiyorsun ama gönderdiklerini de "pir" gönderiyorsun ! Bu nasılsa gözümden kaçmış ama burada bile Leonardo'nun parmağı var, bakış açısında, resim geometrisi ve de orantılarda.
Bu güne kadar gördüğüm bahar karelerinin en dingini, en güzeli. VE de verdiğin notlarla son derece başarılı bir TE çalışması.
Gözüne, kocaman gönlüne sağlık
"Lale"li İstanbuldan selamlar, sevgiler
gervaso (16489) 2010-04-09 7:32
I like very much the composition with the plants in the foreground half hiding the beautiful architecture in the background! Very good colors and depth of field! Excellent job!
Hansaphotos (8471) 2010-04-09 10:44
Fantastic shot of this interesting architectural masterpiece. Very well framed by the beautiful trees. Well chosen title. Here in Bergen we have to wait until the beginning of may to see the cherry blossom. Thanks for sharing. Have a great WE.
Best regards, Erling
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-04-13 0:56
Hello Bulent. Interesting POV, original composition. Superb trees and flowers, excelent architecture. Nice lightness and brightness, very nice colours. Good sharp. Ideal frame. Well done!
megselv (518) 2010-12-09 12:35
That's good performance in what seems like a little poor light. Godd dynamics in the light.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39927)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-30
- Categories: Festivals, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-31 22:21