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Washington Monument & Blossoms - Our last Look

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 29 March 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Here is another view of the Washington Monument - this is my favorite of the two Washington Monument Images I have posted, however, my favorite image of this entire series is actually the very first one that I posted last Friday on 25 March, which was simply the lone cherry tree. The sky and colors all came together for that one!

I hope you have enjoyed this series. This is the last photo of our Cherry Blossom series. Tomorrow, I have another image captured in Washington DC (but no cherry trees) and then we move on.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 100 22 mm

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Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

OMG, I never thought they were this extensive, never realized the wonder of your
Capital City so much as in this series. This really is a beauty, Denny, the spring
must be truly glorious. What great city planning they must have there. Superb and
5***** 's for this series !!~)

29 Mar 2011 5:38am

@Phil David Morris: Hi Phil - Thank you - I forget how many thousands of cherry trees are planted in and around the areas of Washington DC called the Inner and Outer Basins...all primarily around the locations where all the memorials exopansive area...lots of walking. There are several different varieties and they are all just magnificent. I definitel;y want to go back one year...Thanks very much for your comments and kindness, as always!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I don't know, Denny, I think this is my favorite. I really like the curve and shape to the center of the scene.

29 Mar 2011 5:39am

@Kenny: Hi Kenny - Yes I understand what you are saying...I love this shot, the curvature along the Inner Basin here is really nice and very appealing...makes for a great photographic view - We were very fortunate that year (2008) to have crisp cool temps and nice skies with some the day wore on, the cloud cover became solid and it turned grey by evening...We still had a grand time! Thanks very much for your comments ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Cherry blossoms are always so beautiful ! One of my favorite tree... I like the composition here and the stunning sky also. Have a wonderful day Denny :)

29 Mar 2011 7:05am

@Tamara: Hi Tamara - Thank you so much - I hope you have a great day as well!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb canvas of colour! I love how you frame the curve of the water's edge. Marvellous also to see all these people out walking and enjoying the cherry blossoms. An excellent series; and great to see these ornamental street trees at their very best. Their display beautifully frames the city and its monuments.

29 Mar 2011 11:27am

@Stephen: Hi Stephen - Thanks very much! Yes, the curvature here is really nice, I quite agree! The time that I took this photo really seemed to be just right. The sky was beautiful and the sun was behind a filtering cloud just a bit... so it all sort of came together here... I am glad you enjoy - thank you so much for your kind remarks, as always!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I love the whole row of cherry blossoms ... absolutely beautiful - it is great to get the perspective of how many there are ... beautiful, beautiful, beautiful :)

29 Mar 2011 12:01pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon -Thank you very much....I hope you have thawed out - it is freezing down here this week so far...

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on this wonderful series Denny! You have shown off DC at it's finest! Definitely 5-stars for the series!!! Bravo! ;-)

29 Mar 2011 12:10pm

@Eric Cousineau: Hi Eric - Thank you so much - you are way too kind! I am really glad that you have enjoyed it as I AALWAYS enjoy your great work! All the best sir!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great shot of this iconic landmark!

29 Mar 2011 2:25pm

@Jason Politte: Hi Jason - Thanks very's hard not to take shots like these in Washington...never know when we will get back even though we only live about 3 hours away...but we really had fun playing tourist that day!

Franz from Baden, Austria

the pink cherry blossoms are even more spectacular than the white ones, if this is possible at all! the view here is splendid as usual, as is the sky with the strips of cloud! a really attractive mini-series, denny!

29 Mar 2011 2:33pm

@Franz: Hi Franz! Thank you so much - you are so kind! We really did enjoy our time there - hard to believe it was three years ago! They had snow this year...It has been quite cold. The sky for our visit in this scene was indeed just wonderful - especially during that morning. I feel very fortunate to have been able to be there at least once....we both want to go back. I love your image today! Very cute and fun looking!

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Love the lines here Denny, and the trees are their usual spectacular selves. What a scene.

29 Mar 2011 3:14pm

@Monterey John: Hi John - Thanks very much - hey I really love your image for today...awesome work on that one!

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Another gorgeous photograph. Still in shock with your opener of the Jefferson Memorial. Recovering little by little. These photographs dont help with the therapy. Never mind.

29 Mar 2011 3:59pm

@Francisco Romero: Hi Francisco! Thank you very much. I am sorry that this is costing you so much stress...perhaps spending a night in the little house in your image of today will help to relieve the tension ;-) That was an amazing image, Francisco....Wishing you All the Best and thank you so very much for your kind comments ;-)

dulang from Santa Rosa, United States

I have never been to DC for the cherry blossoms. Your series is beautiful, capturing the majesty of these trees and how they set off the buildings.

29 Mar 2011 4:30pm

© Jean-Bernard Reynier from Lyon, France

Very nice POV here !
I like a lot the result, so original

29 Mar 2011 4:51pm

@© Jean-Bernard Reynier: Hi Jean-Bernard! Thank you very much for your kind comment!!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Certainly a different perspective on Washington - having seen your pics i feel I'd love to visit !

29 Mar 2011 6:25pm

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Thanks very much...The blossoms really make a big difference's just that much more appealing. And during that time of the season, you need a jacket or a coat...I would rather be wearing a coat then dying from the heat and humidity which arrives around late May and doesn't deprt until September late. Thank you!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


29 Mar 2011 6:50pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks Barbara!! ;-)

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Oh no not the last! All these shots have brought us beautiful hopes for Spring. Thank you sir.

29 Mar 2011 7:57pm

@Williams: Hi Paul - I thank YOU! You have been really very kind and generous (apologies to Natalie Merchant) to me with your comments I hope all is well or was well in San Diego ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very beautiful scene with the Washington Monument and the cherry trees.

29 Mar 2011 9:52pm

@Steve Rice: The trees really make a big impact when they are blooming! Thanks Steve!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


29 Mar 2011 11:30pm

@john4jack: Thanks Jack ;-)

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great color processing and composition !!

30 Mar 2011 12:04am

@BBM: Hi BBM - Thank you so much!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful shot! I can't believe all the beautiful blossoms. The wide perspective is wonderful. That monument sure grabs your attention.

30 Mar 2011 2:37am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

You had nice light and lovely color. A beautiful composition, Denny.

30 Mar 2011 4:24am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

How very beautiful! You were lucky to be there at the perfect time, and the weather is so nice, too!

31 Mar 2011 1:54am

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful soft colors...I love DC in the Spring. My best friend lives there and I go down often but there is no better time than right now. Lovely 'last look'

31 Mar 2011 12:34pm

1/320 second
ISO 100
22 mm