Friday, April 4, 2008

Cherry Blossoms and Tidal Basin, Washington, DC, March 28, 2008

I was able to drive down to the Tidal Basin on Friday, the 28th of March. I arrived around 8:15am and parked at Memorial Lot B, visible from the I-395 northbound HOV lanes, down and to the right.

This was the view of the sky en-route to the Tidal Basin. For this trip, it was cloudy most of the time as well as windy. Occasionally, the sun came out and illuminated the blooming cherry blossoms.

This is map of the whole Tidal Basin. I decided to take a different approach to walking and taking pictures: walk the whole Tidal Basin in a counter-clockwise fashion. I also took in a lot of the unusual objects along the way.

The TV crew from Channel 9 took some footage for later broadcast.

The Washington Monument, with a reflection in the Basin.

A nice reflection, with the Monument and Cherry Blossoms over the water.

Close-up of a set of blossoms
I like the combination of the calm Tidal Basin, Washington Monument, and the drooping Cherry Blossoms
Looking toward some federal office buildings
Another view of the Washington Monument

Jefferson Memorial in the background

View from about half way around the Tidal Basin
The Jefferson Memorial again.
Looking back at the Jefferson Memorial

Gorgeous view from over half the way around the Tidal Basin

Cherry Blossoms and buds

Sunlight brightening a set of blossoms

A rogue blossom growing out of a break in the bark

Sweeping view of the Tidal Basin

A near and far view of the Cherry Blossoms

Even the older, gnarled trees are blooming

The paddle boats are ready for use on the Tidal Basin

For the first time, I got to see the WW-II Memorial

A view of the Washington Monument from near the FDR Memorial

From near the FDR Memorial

This view is taken from the bridge across the Tidal Basin entrance from the George Mason Memorial

Waterfall from the FDR Memorial

A second waterfall at FDR

A view of a Japanese stone object at the entrance to the FDR Memorial

Another unknown object half way around the Tidal Basin

This is an unusual object seen on the stone bridge to the Tidal Basin

The Stone Bridge also had some openings to the Tidal Basin

Looking out along the Potomac River, heading back to the parking area

At the base of the parking lot, there was a "Cuban Friendship Urn", noting the Maine Battleship disaster in Havana harbor