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Springtime in our garden – more photos

As promised, here are more photos of the spring blossoms in our garden.

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It’s become somewhat of a yearly tradition for me to share photos of our garden with you. Here then is this year’s selection of spring photos. I hope the flowers bring as much joy to you as they do to me.

I feel blessed every time I take a walk through the garden. I particularly like to walk through it in the evenings, because it helps me unwind from our typically busy days. It’s our little corner of heaven. It requires upkeep, to be sure, but the payoff is grand.

This spring not many flowers escaped our little Sophie’s eager hands. Her passion is to collect daily bouquets of assorted flowers of all sorts of shapes and colors, and that means most of the flowers are to be found on her playtable inside the house, not in the garden, at least this year. We’ll see how we fare during the next seasons.

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Springtime in our garden

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DC Cherry Blossoms in 2008

Here are selected photos from the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. They’re taken at various points around the Basin, which is where you’ll find the greatest number of cherry trees and conversely, the greatest concentration of people. The crowds were out in numbers that year!

Be sure to go through all the photos below. I picked them out of hundreds taken at the event. Enjoy!

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Our very own cherry blossoms

Sure, the Cherry Blossoms Festival draws big crowds in DC, but the cherry blossoms that really get me going are the ones in our very own garden!

We have a truly wonderful cherry tree that grows next to our house. It makes the juiciest and most delicious cherries ever, and it makes so many of them that we simply can’t eat them all.

So you can understand why we get so excited when it goes into bloom, which incidentally happened this weekend. It looks like another bumper crop of super-cherries this summer! 🙂

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DC Cherry Blossoms in 2006

We had fun at the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival, as you’ll see from the photos. There were more people that year — they grew from year to year, as I pointed out before. Ligia and I took our time walking around and I got some interesting photos as a result. I think when you compare these photos with the ones I got in previous years, like in 2003, you can see a clear difference. I could see it too, and I was happy because of it.

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DC Cherry Blossoms in 2005

Two thousand five was the first year I could show Ligia the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC. She’d moved to the States in the summer of 2004. We walked around for a couple of days admiring the beautiful blossoms. We even found a parking spot with relative ease.

Each subsequent year after that, the crowds that visited DC during this special time seemed to swell in number, to the point where parking spots were impossible to find, so we’d take the metro instead.

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DC Cherry Blossoms in 2003

Back in 2003, I visited DC to lay the groundwork for what would turn out to be a new period in my life. I say that because my time there was distinctly different from what I did before and also from what I’m doing now.

It was about the time of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, so I drove around, taking photos. I was still using a film camera back then, but it wasn’t my Canon Elph, it was possibly a Minolta. Not sure anymore. What I know for sure is that whatever film lab developed these photos, oversaturated them. (I really need to take the time to scan my negatives at some point.)

Until then, here are a few photos taken at that time.

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