DC Cherry Blossom

by Jin, 04-09-09 // 8 comments

In a ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of these trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. By 1915 the United States government had responded with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. In 1927, a group of American school children re-enacted the initial planting; the first festival was held in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the nation’s capital. Suspended during World War II because of hostilities between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the festival resumed in 1947 with the support of the Washington, D.C. Board of Trade and the D.C. Commissioners. In 1948, the Cherry Blossom Princess and U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen program were started by the National Conference of State Societies.

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC took place in the past couple weeks. Last year when I attended the festival for the first time, I was amazed at the beautiful spring scenery. This year I was able to take some photos. Enjoy.

DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom
DC Cherry Blossom

More photos on in my flickr set

8 comments

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teeth 04-10-09

nice

Laura 04-10-09

Cherry blossoms were gorgeous! I love #3 and #4. Thanks for such a great time! Perfect place to break in the new D-90. Thanks for all of your help!

Stef 04-10-09

Beautiful!

Victor 04-10-09

Gorgeous Jin. I’d love to see a book from you some day.

Jin 04-11-09

thanks for the comments. Laura, you took some nice photos too!

teeth 04-11-09

wondering what phone u have to take your twitpics? they come out very clear as well. and as a professional bacon eater, do you know any place in DC that sells chocolate bars w/ bacon in it? some whole foods seem to carry it but not in DC metro area….

Jin 04-11-09

@teeth, I use my iPhone to take photos and Twitterfon app for twittering. It automatically posts my iPhone photos to twitpic. iPhone’s camera is actually really bad, considering what a great phone it comes in. I learned a few tricks from Chase Jarvis on taking decent iPhone photos.

As for chocolate bacon bar, the only one I know via online is http://www.wishingfish.com/710557.html I’m not aware of any local ones…

Kim 04-11-09

Absolutely beautiful phtography :)