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Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin - Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin - Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.     Planning to be in Washington D.C. during the peak of the cherry blossoms is easier said, than done. For 3 years I've tried to get that "perfect" picture of Washington in full bloom, however, Mother Nature continues to be a factor that I have to deal with.
     The "day before" this picture was taken, a really big wind and rain storm blew through the Washington area and removed MOST of the blossoms from the cherry trees. The only consolation I had, was that there were thousands of photographers in town that day and all of us were crowding around the few trees that still had a few blossoms left.
     For this particular picture, I had to climb up into the branches of the tree, find the spot that had the most pedals left, and shoot the picture while trying to keep my balance and not falling to the walkway below. That was frustrating... but kind of fun, if the truth was told.
    Well, after talking with a Park Ranger, and finding out that the blossoms were actually at their peak 2 weeks earlier, just gave me more hope for better luck next year. I'll try to plan a bit earlier for that trip to Washington. And that will include a few phone calls to the Washington area Park Rangers to get a better understanding of my time frame to catch the best photos of the blossoms.
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