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SPRING HAS SPRUNG I

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 — perfect 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.

In 1909 Ms. Scidmore wrote to Helen Taft, wife of the newly elected US President William Taft, and 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 Jefferson, Washington and the newest, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Each year at the end of March and beginning of April, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, with the cherry trees blossoming and signaling the arrival of Spring. I took the photograph at 3:39 pm on April 2nd, when the weather was warm and sunny. By the next day, winter, it seems had returned with a vengeance, the warm weather making a dramatic retreat.

Nikon D200, 18-70 mm Nikkor lens set at 18 mm; ISO 100; Center Metering; Shutter Speed 1/160; Aperture: f/6.3; Exposure +1.0; Tone: Normal; Sharpness: Med H; Color Hues: 0; Saturation Enhanced; RAW+jpg. Circular Polarizing filter; No Tripod.

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