|We took the Metro in, emerged at Smithsonian station, and made
our way down toward the Tidal Basin.
The sun had recently set, and there was still light in the sky,
and enough light that these first pictures are
Here's Erika in the Tulip Library. None of the signs for the tulips
were there, as they were 2 years ago when Doug and Erika went.
As you can see, only a few sections were in bloom. Though this
was supposedly the peak weekend for the Cherry Blossoms,
the Festival and the Tulips will be enjoyed much later.
|Perhap my favorite picture of the night.
Sunset over the Tidal Basin,
through the Cherry Blossom limbs
which were lit by my camera flash.
|Again, the Washington Monument,
peaking through the Cherry Blossoms.
|I have to confess to photoshopping this one.
I had a great one of the 3 of them, lit by the flash,
and the limb was lit too.
And a different shot, no flash, where the
Jefferson Memorial looked great.
I cut and pasted the well lit people
into the pretty background.
Don't you love the reflective strips on the
Me taking a picture of Erika, taking a picture of me.
Erika, taking a picture of me (Kaz), taking a picture of her.
|The Cherry Blossoms were quite beautiful,
even at night.
As we were waiting for our tour to begin,
I took this picture. There were huge floodlights around
the area where the Tours began, and several of the
nearby trees 'benefitted' from this.
Or at least our picture taking opportunities were better.
|Another floodlit tree.
As you can see, the sky was getting quite dark.
|Happiness while waiting for our tour to begin.
You can see the lady that Kat was charming
while we waited.
|I didn't take any pictures during the tour, because A) it was getting
too dark to get any real good shots without a tripod, and B) it
was obnoxious to use the flash.
|Our tour guide was EXCELLENT!
Since he wasn't the 'official' Lantern Light
Tour Guide, he sort of did an off the cuff
tour, and he had a large group to talk to!
|The information we had said 'Lantern Light Tours, 8 to 10 pm'
We didn't know if this meant one tour, 2 hours long, or several
shorter tours offered within that time frame.
I'm still not certain which is is.
|Our tour, however, seemed to be a
2 hour tour, from 8 to 10 pm.
We left the tour group a little after 9 pm,
as it was going to be about a 2 hour trip home,
I twisted my ankle, and the tour was walking
further and further away from the Metro.
Erika's usually in bed by 8:30, and we
all had a big day ahead of us the next day.
It was a great time, I wish we could have stayed the whole time
and I recommend the Cherry Blossom Festival to you
in general, and this tour specifically.
Don't forget to make reservations!
Just do a web search for Cherry Blossom Festival and you will
get all the info you need. The site changes from year to year.