Travel theme: Blossom

Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “blossom”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

I was lucky to visit Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia when every tree was in bloom this past April. Let me share just a few of the many beautiful tree blossoms the area has to offer in the spring.

Washington D.C. is known for its cherry blossoms, but once you see these pink magnolias in bloom, also known as tulip trees, you may just fall in love with them as I did. There were many, many of them in the gardens of the Smithsonian red castle.

Tulip trees - pink magnolia trees in bloom at the Smithsonian red castleTulip trees - pink magnolia trees in bloom at the Smithsonian red castle
Tulip trees – pink magnolia trees in bloom at the Smithsonian red castle

 

Tulip tree blossoms - pink magnolia blooms
Tulip tree blossoms – pink magnolia blooms

You’ll find many cherry blossoms (some of them white, the others pink) all around Washington D.C. but the highest concentration is around the Tidal Basin. They sure are pretty to look at and walk by, and when their petals fall, they look like snow, except it’s not freezing cold.

White cherry blossoms in Washington DC
White cherry blossoms in Washington DC

While visiting Thomas Jefferson’s estate at Monticello, I stumbled upon these lovely pink tree blossoms. I believe they belong to the dwarf almond tree.

Dwarf almond tree pink blossoms
Dwarf almond tree pink blossoms

There are many Eastern red bud trees in that area of the country and they sure welcome spring with their bright pink colors.

Easter red bud tree in bloom
Easter red bud tree in bloom

Dogwood trees were in bloom too, in various colors. This dogwood tree had yellow blooms.

Yellow dogwood tree blossoms
Yellow dogwood tree blossoms

When an Eastern red bud and a dogwood tree hang out together during blooming season, this is how beautiful they look next to each other.

Easter red bud tree and white dogwood tree blossoms
Easter red bud tree and white dogwood tree blossoms

Finally I discovered the weeping cherry blossom tree during my trip. It’s a cross between a weeping willow and a cherry blossom tree. Getting lost underneath one of these trees wouldn’t be so bad.

Weeping cherry blossom tree
Weeping cherry blossom tree

Do you have favorite tree blossoms?

14 thoughts on “Travel theme: Blossom

  1. How wonderful that you were able to time your visit to the trees’ full blossoms, especially as a photographer. Lovely pics, as always, and I love learning the names for these trees that I otherwise remain clueless to. 🙂

    • We learned a lot about trees while there, especially since they’re unknown to us in the Southwest. I have to admit, I’ve never seen so many tree blossoms at once in my whole life. It was a great experience and great timing.

    • Wow, it was. And I got to see a lot of those tree in bloom together. A lovely sight. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  2. These are gorgeous, Milka! When I came back from Poland the cherries had just about gone but we have fabulous lilac, hawthorn and now the laburnum is in full bloom. Just one long show, isn’t it? 🙂

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