Photo Challenge – Lookin’ up (blossoms in DC)

tree in arlington va
Cherry Blossoms in Northern VA – image by Y. Prior – 3/30/2012

My nephew lives in Arlington, VA – and we took this “looking up” photo while visiting him in 2012cherry blossoms at nephews – he took us all to a nice lunch that day and when I saw this photo today – I felt, well, –  “happy” (hate that word – but that is what I felt…)

I also love having old photos scroll on my screen saver for this very reason – to see random pictures and then remember when….

I also thought it was perfect for the Look up, Look down, challenge” from Travel with intent -(week 22)

Oh, and a bit of FYI – did you know that the D.C. area has a Cherry Blossom Festival each spring? – and you can see the area via WEBCAM  – so beautiful!!

Here is the info from the Gov website:

A Gift of Beauty and Friendship:

The beautiful and delicate cherry blossoms cultivated in the National Mall and Memorial Parks have inspired generations of viewers since 1912. A gift from Japan, the flowering trees symbolize friendship between nations, the renewal of spring, and the ephemeral nature of life.  Blooming occurs between mid-March and mid-April depending on the species of tree and annual environmental conditions.

Also, one more tidbit to share: We only have ONE of the trees left that the cheap builders put in our initial landscape (the rest have been replaced), but the final one happens to be a flowering Cherry (like the ones in D.C.), but sadly this one has problems and may not be savable – but we have been trying….

bad tree from builders
April Cherry blossoms… at night (such a pretty mess….)

22 thoughts on “Photo Challenge – Lookin’ up (blossoms in DC)

  1. How beautiful. I adore cherry trees and would love to see them in blossom in Japan. I didn’t know there was a blossom festival in Washington so there’s something else to add to my list! Thank you for joining in the challenge again this week. Debbie

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    1. must have been beautiful to see –
      and here in VA, the tree that I have in this blossoming variety – well it actually starting to bud already – could not believe it. Have a good day Vass, um, I mean Βασίλης!!

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  2. cherry blossoms are definitely beautiful…..we have a city in Northern Michigan that is one of the biggest harvesting areas of cherry’s in the country and one year I drove through there when the trees were in full bloom and it was pretty awesome…….. I prefer eating grapes though 😉

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  3. Lovely photo that most definitely makes me thing Spring! I was lucky enough to go to the Cherry Blossom festival a few years ago. We timed it perfectly and the blossoms/trees were amazing! Although it was pretty chilly to be walking all over for several hours with little kids, it was a grew experience. I hope to go back again sometime.

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  4. They are so beautiful, Y. I hope you were able to save the pretty one on your lawn. So your nephew in Northern Virginia is a very good reason for the visits to D.C. at the Cherry Blossom Festival time of year!

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    1. Hi Mark – and thanks for the comment – and yes, so great to see my nephew – but we did not see him this time – he travels for his job… 🙂

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