A cherry blossom bird's-eye view
I had a unique opportunity to view Washington's world-famous cherry blossoms from above on Thursday afternoon. As I looked down from my flight approaching Reagan National Airport, I saw the beauty of the blossoms on a larger scale than most get to witness. I could also see the lines of cars stuck in blossom traffic, the countless tourists slowly walking around the Tidal Basin and Mall, and the clusters of paddle boats on the water. I've photographed the blossoms for years, but had never seen them from such a vantage point.
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I didn't plan to fly over the Tidal Basin and cherry blossoms at peak bloom on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. It just happened by chance. Many months ago, my family scheduled a spring break trip to the Bahamas, with the return flight back on April 1. I figured with the cold and snowy winter, particularly with February's long-lasting snow pack, that the bloom would be delayed by a week or so and that I'd arrive home several days before peak with time to plan a photo shoot. My forecast was wrong, but at least the flight home gave me a wonderful view and unexpected photo opportunity.
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