Things are moving fast down at the Tidal Basin. The partial eclipse at dawn on Saturday was a bust because of clouds, but there was a full moon rise that evening, and the Cherry Blossom Festival decided to launch a bunch of fireworks at about the same time. .So of course I went down to practice my Fireworks-Moonrise-Jefferson Memorial-Night Scene technique. The image below is the result.
Moonrise and Fireworks, Jefferson Memorial
I’m not sure when I’ll get another chance at this combination, so I’ll have to be satisfied with this one unless I want to cheat.
On Sunday morning I returned for another moon image, this time the setting moon with the Jefferson which would also give me a chance to check on the status of the cherry blossoms. Even in the pre-dawn twilight it was obvious that they had been busy that night because there was a pink cast to the trees that had been absent the day before. It’s hard to see in the small image below, but the so-called “indicator tree” that is typically a few days ahead of all the others was indicating good things were coming soon. There were 9,000 people attending a sunrise church service on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial but there was hardly anyone around the Jefferson Memorial.
Setting Moon at Dawn, April 5
I returned again this morning and found the walkways were still virtually deserted. However, there was an incredibly long line waiting for admission to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing which was fine with me. The pink tone in the trees was much stronger and the lack of wind before sunrise enabled some nice reflections.
Tidal Basin, 10 Minutes before Sunrise, April 6
Tidal Basin, 30 Minutes after Sunrise, April 6
Today was quite warm so there should be further progress on Tuesday. The forecast for Tuesday calls for some rain and cloudy weather but a while back I stupidly made a morning dental appointment for this day. But I’ll definitely be back there on Wednesday, rain or shine.