Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

Since I also work at AccuWeather, I was able to travel to Washington DC to get some awesome pictures of the cherry blossom festival. They reached peak bloom on April 5th and I went to see them on the 11th. It was a gorgeous day out, mid-50’s, and I didn’t want to leave. Well, not until my lens broke of course! But overall, it was a very successful day. If you don’t believe me, you can check them out for yourself.

 

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This was also my first time in DC which is hard to believe since I only live a few hours away. For me personally, it was a terrible day. My rental car had issues so I left and hour later than expected. Once I got to DC I forgot to put the tidal basin in the GPS so I was on the wrong side of town. I did get to do a short live video for work that you can view here.

But that’s not all — one of my lenses rolled out of my bag and inches away from the tidal basin. The other fell out because I forgot to close it and dented the lens mount. I’m thankful that all the glass is in tact but that was too close for comfort. Thankfully I always have more lenses to use and that’s why I love my macro! Extremely versatile, the Nikon 40 mm macro is one of my favorite lenses of all time.

 

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I loved getting to see the memorials for the first time too! It was so cool to see them. I didn’t get enough time to see all of them but I would love to go back and just tour the monuments. American history is one of my favorite subjects. American Pickers & Pawn Stars on history channel, anyone? I could binge those shows for days.

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The tidal basin itself is pretty cool. You can rent paddle boats and go around the tidal basin to view the monuments and cherry blossoms from the water. Definitely a must for next time since you can rent paddle boats that look like swans! I would have taken pictures but I don’t have other’s permission to post their faces in my name. Next time, for sure though.

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With all the ups and downs of the day, my highlights were eating Waffle House for dinner because A) I love breakfast at any time of the day, and B) the closest Waffle House to my home is an hour and a half away. Also though, coming home to my boyfriend, Jon who knew I had a long, terrible day and just seeing his smiling face and coming into his warm, loving arms was all I needed. Especially since we celebrated our 2 year anniversary the day before. Enough talking though, check out he rest of these photos!

 

 

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