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Cherry Blossoms! On one hand I wish they would stick around longer than a week at a time. On the other, I think it’s what makes me appreciate them even more. They’re so delicate and beautiful. My favorite is when they look like kernels of popcorn jumping off the branch.

My trick with cherry blossoms is to photograph them off the tripod. That’s right, no tripod at all. Unless you’re shooting the sky at sunrise or sunset, I feel like the tripod can be restricting. Especially when you’re trying for new angles and points of view. I tend to put my camera as close as I can get to them and start composing from there. They make for great foreground elements as well a good way to frame and using the branches for line. I particularly like this image because the cherry blossoms are coming at you from every which way. Some may say the ones in the very front should be in focus, but I like the out of focus ones the most. It adds an extra element of depth that you wouldn’t get if they were in sharp.

This was shot early morning, right after sunrise. So my camera settings for this image was F/8 at 1/1000th of a second ISO 1000. Not sure why my ISO was so high. That must have been a mistake. If I were to do it again, it’d probably be in the 100 to 200 range. Results would be the same but I’m sure during post processing I had to denoise it to get rid of the small specks.

Here’s hoping we get a normal winter this year and the snow stops falling in February instead of March like it did this year! A lot of these suckers didn’t’ get to full term this year 🙁

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One of my favorite places to go to when I want to spend a day outside. It’s crazy to think that this amazing place is only 15 miles away from Washington DC, yet there are so many people who still have not visited.

When I think about Great Falls Park, I always think about high school. That was when I was first getting into photography and my mom would take me to practice my compositions. I also remember having to write a school paper about the park with my friend Anna. We walked the trails and researched the heck out of the history but only got a “B” on that paper. It’s ok though because I also remember gossiping and laughing our way through the whole project. It was kind of a miracle that we even got it together enough to write the paper.

As an adult, Andrew and I have taken our nephews to the park to play soccer or we’d walk the trails with Frankie. When we first started dating, we walked the whole entire Billy Goat trail while getting to know each other. Another time my cousin, Lynn came to visit from North Carolina and she got her first signs of pregnancy in the park 🙂 And I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve been here and witnessed the most amazing sunrises and sunsets.

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The amazing beauty of the Potomac River on a cold winter morning

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Close up view

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We’re not the only ones who love the park. Its not uncommon to see these beautiful blue herons fishing for dinner.

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The park is so big that it is in both Maryland and Virginia. This is a small part of the Maryland side.

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Although Virginia is still my favorite side

Hope you enjoyed that stroll down memory lane. I didn’t realize how much Great Falls park meant to me until I had sat down and looked through all these images. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did <3

 

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Spring is my favorite time to be in DC. Why? Because of cherry blossoms of course. The city seems to come alive when these flowers start to bloom and if you’re not from around here, it may be a little difficult to navigate. So here are my best tips to enjoying the DC cherry blossoms

The most popular place to see the trees are at the Tidal Basin.

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Great way to spend the day!

Parking will be very limited so my suggestion would be either metro or go really early in the morning.

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And by early, I mean sunrise

The closest metro stop to the Tidal Basin is “Smithsoninan” which is cool because you can also see the cherry blossoms by the Washington Monument on your way there.

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Cherry blossoms everywhere!

And it gets packed pretty quickly, so thats another good reason to go as early as possible

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This isn’t even half of the half…

But no matter how early you go, there will always be other people out

O Hai Thar!

O Hai!

Other viewing spots include, the US Capitol

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Not as many but still cool to see

and my favorite super secret spot, behind the Smithsonian Castle at the Moongate Garden

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You can’t see any memorials from back here but you will see the Cherry Blossoms with a smaller crowd

Hope you found these tips useful. If you have any other questions, put them in the comments below and I’ll try my best to answer your.

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Another image just for kicks 🙂

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