D.C. Cherry Blossoms 2016 / by Mark Soriano

Every year, I have nagged my wife about going to the see the cherry blossoms in D.C.. For numerous reasons, we haven't been able to see them over the last 3 years. Well, I wasn't going to let that happen this year haha.

People from all over the world come to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms, so it makes seeing them a little troublesome due to the crowds, but I didn't care. Also, what makes it a bit tricky is that the blossoms don't peak at the same time every year. Another thing is that they don't stay bloomed for a long time. You have about two weeks or so to get a glimpse of the blossoms before they start falling off the trees.

Luckily, we were able to visit the cherry blossoms on two separate occasions. Once with just my wife and I, then a week after with her cousin and his girlfriend joining us. 

On the walk over to The Tidal Basin, my wife was a good sport and posed for some pictures.

Once we got to the basin it was REALLY crowded. So I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get any decent shots without a bunch of people in the frame. But if you're patient and wait for your shot, it is totally doable. 

Probably one of my favorite shots from the cherry blossoms was when I noticed everyone including myself,  taking pictures straight on. I was in awe of what I saw when looking in my viewfinder then looking straight up. In photography, some times looking up/down or just getting a different perspective can give you amazing shots.

I definitely had a great time taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in D.C. and I can't wait to return next year to gather more shots. I learned a lot from this experience that will hopefully produce better pictures in 2017!