It's officially spring, and what is more seasonal than the famous Washington DC cherry blossoms? About ten years ago I took a trip to our capital city in search of these delicate pink flowers only to find out that the cold winter had delayed the peak of the blooms a few weeks past my visit. Not to be discouraged, I walked the city until I found a few trees in bloom. Despite my best efforts, I only ended up with a few so-so photos of the cherry blossoms.
I was on a mission to get that iconic shot of the White House framed by beautiful pink blossoms. I did find one tree in bloom in front of the White House, but with a whole bunch of other dead trees in the background. Giving up that dream, I tried to find just one great tree spilling over in pink, and the photo above sure fit the bill. Funny how that adorable little girl ended up being the best part of the photo!
I admit it, my timing was off. I gave it my best effort, but you just can't force nature. When I got home and looked over all my photos, I discovered that my best shot wasn't of the cherry blossoms or even of one of the many outdoor historic sites I visited. My favorite photo was taken in a Metro station, the place I started each morning and ended each evening. When I think back on this trip, it reminds me that sometimes you can't plan that perfect shot. You have to keep your eyes open for beauty in even the most unexpected places.