D.C. local Jacques Domenge wanted to photograph the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, which are finally blooming but swarming with the hordes, so he waited until dark. He then used the very cool “light painting” method, starting by setting up a tripod and choosing a long exposure. Then he lit up the frame with the strongest flashlight he could get hold of, and wow, what a gorgeous and surreal result, which has gone viral after being published on The Atlantic. Kudos, Jacques! Click to see more.
Me, I tried photographing the blossoms last week, but you may remember how that turned out (see “Blossomless,” etc).
Of course I could have returned to the Tidal Basin again this week and dealt with glaring sun and 90-degree weather (you read that right) but decided to catch some display at the much-closer and less crowded National Arboretum. Trouble is, it’s only open 10 to 5, so there’s no way to avoid glaring sun on days like this. Oh well. Here’s what I found.
Above, cherry blossoms with the Capital Columns (taken from the U.S. Capitol) in the background.
My favorite spot was the Magnolia collection.
Next week the azaleas will be blooming and the Arboretum will be CRAZY.
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