Washington DC

A Week in the Life of DC’s Cherry Blossoms: Photo Gallery

I am a cherry blossom addict. Starting in early March, I begin walking the Tidal Basin paths where Japanese cherry trees are planted in Washington DC. Early in the month, the buds are clenched tight. They don’t want to brave the harsh winter winds that blow across the water. I snuggle deeper into my ski jacket and walk blissfully alone at 6 am.

But in just three short weeks, spring announces its arrival in Washington DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival announces its schedule of events. Residents and tourists begin arriving at dawn, anxious to witness this Miracle on the Tidal Basin. I lose my solitary walks at dawn, while photographers clog the sidewalks. But everyone will go home after the season ends.

During my walks, I love to ponder the haiku poems about Japan’s “Sakura Season.” Through their elegant verse, these ancient poets paint a picture of how the cherry blossoms transform the world . . . momentarily.

Drinking up the clouds / it spews out cherry blossoms

Yosa Buson

Between March 27 and April 2, I photographed these scenes from our 2021 Cherry Blossom season. I also videotaped a short walk on March 27 and a 5-minute walk on March 31. Come join me virtually through my photos and videos.

Blossom gazing at dawn
“Gleam of blossoms in the treetops / On a moonlit night” – Basho Matsuo
I love the blue light at dawn.
My beloved “Stumpy” tree
Washington Monument
“Moon at twilight / a cluster of petals falling / from the cherry tree” – Masaoka Shiki
Sunrise at Washington Monument
Blossoms bathed in sunlight
Jefferson Memorial
Walkers trying to beat the arrival of the crowds
A pale pink hue morning
“A cloud of cherry blossoms …”- Basho Matsuo
Engaging moment
“cherry blossom petals / blown by the spring breeze” – Masaoka Shiki
“Sakura, sakura / they fall in the dreams / of sleeping beauty” – Yosa Buson
“cherry blossoms scatter / without regret” – Kobayashi Issa
A field of Yoshino trees
Moon at daybreak

All images are photographed by Terri Markle

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  • Tish
    April 10, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Made my day!! Love the pics of Cherry Blossoms and spring time flowers, so cheerful and beautiful!

  • Ann Marks
    April 18, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, I soooo want to go during Cherry Blossom season! Thanks for the lovely pics!

    • Terri
      April 23, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      I hope you get to see the cherry blossoms some day!