National Cherry Blossoms Photoshoot

Sometimes it's really fun being a tourist in your own city...especially when it's cherry blossom season in DC! I biked down to check them out last week while they were in their peak bloom and just like they do every year, they took my breath away. Those baby pink and white flowering puff balls get me every time. Since I know not everyone gets to see these in person (although it seemed like the whole world was down there looking at them that day!), I thought I'd share a few - ok a bunch of - photos I snapped last week just like I did last year. There'll be minimal commentary from me - today I'll let the photos do the talking!

Last year the Washington Monument was covered in scaffolding (they were doing repair work), so it was nice to be able to catch a full view of it with the trees in bloom.

The Jefferson Memorial sits right on the Tidal Basin, and I loved playing with different points of view and focal points to capture it surrounded by blossoms. Which one of these three is your favorite?

I think this photograph might be my new all-time favorite. When I was first going through my photos after uploading them, this one stopped me in my tracks. The flowers look so delicate (especially the partially open ones) and I love the blurry green and blue background.

They kinda look like they have freckles, don't they?

If you ever have a chance to come up here to see these, do it. Just get over the fact that it will be crowded and the traffic will be horrendous - there's a reason! They really are stunningly beautiful in person.

Curious about how I captured these photos? Here's the equipment I use. For these shots, I only used my 50mm fixed lens mainly set on a wide (low number) aperture of 3.5 or less to get the super blurry background you see. The late afternoon sun (around 5pm) was perfect for capturing these bright images without being too harsh!

Here are a few more photography posts:

Do you love being a tourist in your own city? What event do you make sure not to miss every year?

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Hand-Lettered Easter Print {Free Download}

Over the past couple of weeks, I've truly been in awe of the new life that spring brings. After a brutal winter, I found myself longing for spring to come even more than usual this year. When I saw those first daffodils and crocuses poke their heads out from the earth a few weeks ago, I cheered them on knowing that they were pioneering the start of a new season. A week later the tulip trees started blooming. Those were quickly followed by my favorites - cherry blossoms. I biked down to the Tidal Basin to see the "official" ones during the early part of their peak bloom and was overwhelmed as always by their beauty. {I'll be sharing the photos I snapped of them in a post later this week.} Spring reminds me, as it does every year, that winter's desolation does not last forever and that new life will always come again.

Easter too is a celebration of new life, but carries much more significance. This week Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus died on a cross...and then came back to life. For us. Death came on Good Friday, but it turned to life three days later on Easter Sunday. Kind of like going from winter to spring. In my mind, this is the most important holiday of the year and the most joyful one the Church celebrates. I for one can.not.wait for Sunday, which is why I created this hand-lettered print that y'all can download below. Inspired by the colors of the tulip trees and cherry blossoms, this watercolor-esque print holds the phrase that embodies the most important fact of Easter: "He is risen indeed. Alleluia!"

Feel free to print it out (designed as an 8x10 - print on card stock and trim to size), hang it up, and share it with your family and friends! It also comes in blue if pink isn't your thing :).

{Download the "He Is Risen Indeed" Print Here}

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