Photographer's Note


This is a sequel to my post from April 7, SPRING HAS SPRUNG I. At 5:47 pm on April 11 I was on the way to an Oxford University North American Alumni Reunion at the Canadian Embassy, and stopped off to shoot the glorious cherry blossoms one more time. The history of the magnificent trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington accompanied the earlier post, but I will reproduce it in part:

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. The dominant edifice in the background is the Washington Monument a 167 m (550 foot ) high obelisk erected in the 1860s to honor the First President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799). The 50-story tower was featured in one of my earliest posts at Trekearth, THE BUBBLE ABOUT TO BURST. Approximately one-fourth of the way from the bottom of the monument, there is a subtle change in color. During the Civil War years (1861-1865) work on the monument was interrupted, and later resumed. During the second phase of the building, a variation of the original stone had been used, exhibiting a slightly different hue.

Nikon D200, 18-70 mm Nikkor lens set at 56 mm; ISO 400; Center Metering; Shutter Speed 1/500; Aperture: f/13; Exposure -1.0; Tone: Normal; Sharpness: Med H; Color Hues: 3,0; Saturation Enhanced; RAW+jpg. Circular Polarizing filter; No Tripod.

PS I want to thank Tan Yilmaz, Capthaddock, for the workshop that genuinely improved this photograph.

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