I hope you all are staying home and safe from COVID-19! I have been working from home over the past two weeks and who knows till when. With a newborn in the house and very sleep-deprived (it’s getting better now that I get max 3 hours of nap time each), I haven’t been able to do much photo editing, trip planning, nor updating my blog. As I saw from the news that the cherry blossoms are reaching its peak bloom down in Washington DC, I want to share with you some pictures from last year (however, I do encourage you to skip this year’s event for your and others’ health).
This was our 2nd time drove down to Washington DC for the cherry blossom. The first time was 2017 and we were too early. We had luck last year and the cherry blossom was at peak bloom! We stayed at the InterContinental Hotels Washington D.C. – The Wharf for free thanks to our annual free night certificate from our IHG credit card. It was a short walking distance to Tidal Basin and we were there in the morning at around 8-9 AM; it was already packed with tourists. As you see in the picture below, it was impossible for us to take a photo without people in the background. We waited for a long time too and this was the best we could get!
It was a bit frustrating trying to take a good photo with people constantly passing by. We decided to step away from the pond area and walked inward, surprisingly, we found this area with many cherry trees and almost no one there. Finally, we were able to get some good photos!
Just to show you the difference…..the next morning, we got up very early for the sunrise and it made a huge difference! Only professional photographers were at Tidal Basin and they were much scattered out.
Ah how calm and peaceful it looked compared to the day before?
Also, the colors were so beautiful just before the sunrise when the sky turned to light pink which blended in with the cherry blossom.
We walked till we found a section without other photographers to take photos.
And to enjoy the sunrise!
Not long after the sunrise, photographers were packing up and leave while tourists have not arrived yet so that gave a great window of opportunity for more pictures with more light.
This was taken across from the Tidal Basin.
When we were done with photos, we noticed there was a marathon going on so I took some pictures before we leave.
The cherry blossom is one of the most beautiful flowering events that I have ever seen, someday I hope, I will have a chance to see it in beautiful Japan! With the uncertainty going on, our trip to Greece in June most likely is going to be canceled. With airlines issuing credit for upcoming flights (I am still waiting for June to be included), I hope that I can move the trip to later in the year. How about you, are your travel plans affected? Once this pandemic is over (hopefully soon), where would you like to travel to?