Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise

A morning safari by the Tidal Basin

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Morning Light on the Cherry Blossoms

The early sun filtering through the blossoms gives them a lovely, golden light, much nicer than the harsh white light of mid-day.

We meet at 6:15 am (sorry!), and then the sun comes up about 6:50 am on the east side of the Tidal Basin. Thus, with the sun behind us, we photograph our way around the Tidal Basin, capturing the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, all framed by blossoms in the early morning sun. On weekday safaris we will move from one location to the next by DC Circulator Bus, giving us more time for photography in each location! (Your bus fare is included in your fee.)

2019 will mark the 17th consecutive year we have conducted these cherry blossoms safaris! And it is only Washington Photo Safari clients who get an exclusive peek at our secret spot, the “Our Lady of the Blossoms Cherry Tree!”

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The Festival includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of tours featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Disclaimer: Mother Nature has her own way of scheduling the blossoms. Some years they come early in the season, some years they come later. We cannot guarantee full blossoms on the trees on the day of your safari, but we do guarantee very useful tips on travel photography and views of the Tidal Basin that are always pretty.

Open to photographers at any skill level with any kind of camera, film or digital. Non-photographer friends/spouses are welcome to accompany you at no charge.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Extra memory cards
    • Extra charged battery
    • Tripod
    • Accessories such as filters, remote release
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet at Tidal Basin Paddleboat Rental Station, 1500 Maine Ave SW. The closest Metro station is Smithsonian on Blue/Orange Line, a 12-minute walk to the Paddleboat rental station. Here is a map!

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,700 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.