“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.” – Henry David Thoreau
Every spring in DC, anticipation builds for the arrival of the cherry blossoms. The blossoms signify many things – from the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather to the less-anticipated commencement of tourist season. But whether you’re a blossom veteran or a first-time visitor, it’s hard not to be in awe of the abundance of life when seeing the blossoms at their peak around the Tidal Basin.
Sunrise is probably the most peaceful time to catch the blossoms before the crowds get heavy and the light grows harsh.
I love early mornings and the feeling of getting a fresh start while much of the world around me is still asleep. It’s usually hard to make time to shoot during the best light, other than quick morning or evening shots here and there. So making this sunrise cherry blossom shoot happen was extra special for me. Of course, it was extra special for the hundreds of other photographers around the Tidal Basin that morning as well, but I appreciated the sense of community. 🙂
It was a beautiful morning to watch the sky light up and the grounds around the cherry trees come to life with people all sharing an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the newness that spring brings.
I couldn’t resist going back one afternoon a few days later before the blossoms disappeared, but this time with a different focus. I was struck by all the tiny bunches of blossoms that I saw bursting forth from the trees’ trunks. It’s as though the trees were so full of life that they couldn’t help but sprout growth everywhere. The abundance of flowers, trees, and people can be a bit overwhelming, so finding this element of inspiration really helped me capture the scene in a way that embodies what spring means to me.
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