Travel theme: Blossom

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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?

Travel theme: Pink

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “pink”. 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.

Pink is one of my favorite colors, and the bolder, the better, especially when it comes to photographing it. I love the many different shades of pink that Mother Nature has come up with, from the light pink of this beautiful rose,

Travel theme: Light pink rose petals
Travel theme: Light pink rose petals

and this gentle light pink water lily,

Light pink water lily
Light pink water lily

to the ultra bold pink of this snapdragon flower.

Bright pink snapdragon flower
Bright pink snapdragon flower

If pink contains a little bit of orange, then it can be called coral pink, as beautifully displayed in this pink poppy flower.

Pink poppy flower in bloom
Pink poppy flower in bloom

Mother Nature can display several shades of pink right next to each other, for example in these lovely cherry blossoms,

Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms

or these pink manuka flowers.

Close-up of pink manuka flowers
Close-up of pink manuka flowers

Of course, pink doesn’t only occur among flowers in nature. If you’re lucky, you can witness pink in the sky, whether it is a pink sunrise,

Pink winter sunrise in San Diego
Pink winter sunrise in San Diego

or a pink sunset.

Pink sky at sunset in San Diego
Pink sky at sunset in San Diego

 

Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph my first cherry blossoms earlier this week at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. This is prime season to enjoy the cherry blossoms in San Diego and I wanted to take advantage of them before they disappear for a whole year. I took a lot more photos than these few but I thought this would be a nice sample to start you with, using this Floral Friday theme. Happy Friday and happy first day of spring!

Cherry blossoms at the San Diego Japanese Friendship garden in Balboa Park
Cherry blossoms at the San Diego Japanese Friendship garden in Balboa Park
Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms
Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms