DC is now awash with stunning displays of color and beauty, as the city’s famous cherry blossom, magnolia, and other flowering trees burst into full bloom. The cherry blossoms are so numerous that when the petals begin to fall, they resemble large snowflakes gently gliding onto people’s hair and clothing, and transform the ground into a beautiful sea of white and pink. To celebrate this beauty and the welcoming of spring, DC hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival, running from March 20th through April 27th. 2012 represents the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of the original two-thousand cherry blossom trees, so the event coordinators have ratcheted up the festivities for this historic milestone.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of DC’s largest, oldest, and most colorful events, and attracts visitors from around the globe. It includes an extensive agenda of cultural activities including: parades, shows, exhibits, museum tours, culinary treats, concerts, fireworks displays, and films. For photographers, the festival offers a virtually limitless opportunity to take breathtaking photographs of the flowering trees against the backdrop of DC’s historical memorials and monuments, as well as the many other colorful displays of pageantry. In an effort to expand the awareness and popularity of the event, the National Cherry Blossom Festival strongly encourages visitors to take photos and share them with others around the globe. They also sponsor a number of different photography contests.
If you are within reasonable driving distance of DC, I strongly recommend spending a long weekend in the area. If you are a plane ride away, consider planning a trip to DC sometime in the future. You are sure to have wonderful time, be touched by the outstanding display of nature’s beauty, and capture some memorable photos. You can read more about this amazing event at the website link above. They also have iPhone and Android smartphone applications that can help guide you through the festival’s extensive calendar of events.