Springtime in Washington DC means cherry blossoms! And one of the best places to shoot them is at the FDR Memorial along the Tidal Basin, where we begin our Safari with an orientation on travel photography and camera use.
We then give you an EXCLUSIVE-for-Washington-Photo-Safari-clients-ONLY peek at our secret spot, the “Our Lady of the Blossoms Cherry Tree”; before wending our way slowly along the Tidal Basin path towards the Jefferson Memorial with the sun behind us, seeing the great views of the Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument, the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial all framed in cherry blossoms in the late afternoon sun.
We bring you to all the best trees for cherry blossom portraiture AND to the beautiful George Mason Memorial near the Jefferson. (This is the 15th consecutive year we have conducted these Safaris as an official part of the National Cherry Blossoms Festival.) Non-photographer friends/ spouses are welcome to accompany you at no charge.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2017 Festival, March 20 – April 16, 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, from DSLR to smartphone. Offered daily during the Festival.
Meet at FDR Memorial Bookstore. Closest Metro is Smithsonian on Blue and Orange Line and Arlington Cemetery on Blue Line, a 20-minute walk to the FDR Memorial going counter-clockwise around the Tidal Basin. A DC Circulator Bus stopping at the southwest corner of 15th St and Jefferson Drive SW (just 4 blocks from Smithsonian Metro) will take you all the way around the Tidal Basin to the FDR Memorial for just one dollar! There are also Capital Bikeshare racks at the Metro stations and at the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. Parking is very hard to find, we suggest you do NOT drive during this heavily crowded season.
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E. David Luria is a professional architectural photographer trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work has appeared in over 100 publications, and his images currently appear in the annual calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society, including one on the cover. His Washington Photo Safari program, with a 5-star rating and annual Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, has trained over 34,000 amateur photographers on 4,900 + photo safaris since 1999.