I am sure most people know about the cherry blossoms that line the Tidal Basin here in D.C.. For those of you who don’t, a hundred years ago Japan gave the U.S. 3000 cherry trees as a gift and they were planted around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument. Every year I try to make the trek to see them, and sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. This year I didn’t, and truth be known I am glad because the crowds and traffic this year were particularly horrific. Word to the wise: If you ever make your way here for the blossoms, go during the work week. This year I decided to shoot our own cherry tree. It is large: It’s about 25-30 ft high and it’s branches stretch across our driveway. In fact, when we pull in the driveway, it’s as if you just drove into some pink/white cloud. The only problem I have in shooting the tree is the fact that for me to get a proper shot, I would have to include my neighbor’s house, and although I like my neighbor, I don’t want their house in the photo as well as the tree. Call me picky. I decided instead to focus on the statue of our dog Sia (at least that’s our opinion) that somehow seems to find her way around the yard in various gardens or under different trees. For the last two years she has been guarding this cherry tree, and from the looks of it, she seems quite proud. I know the tree is not actually in the photo, but I figure the petals were a dead giveaway.
Canon 5D Mark II, EF 24-70 L, ISO 160, 1/125 @ f/4