It’s cherry blossoms season in Washington DC right now. They bloomed about two weeks earlier than normal, so it caught a lot of people off guard. But that didn’t keep the crowds away, even during a normal Washington DC work day the tidal basin was packed with people looking at the cherry blossoms. The cherry trees were given to the people of the United States from the people of Japan in 1912 as a gift of friendship. In among the cherry blossoms there’s a Japanese Pagoda that was given as another gift in 1958. It’s a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
The above picture of the pagoda is actually a stitch of 42 separate images created using the Brenzier Method. It was taken in the afternoon, the light being very diffused and soft coming through the cherry blossoms. The picture below is the same pagoda taken at night. If you are ever in the area when the cherry blossoms are blooming definitely go back at night. Walking among the trees has a very ghostly feel to it.
You can read more about the history of the cherry trees in Washington DC at the National Park Service website. They also have information about the Japanese Pagoda and the symbolism to the stone sculpture. You can also visit PhotoTourism DC for information about photographing the cherry blossoms.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens