Spring is arriving early in Washington, DC this year and time is running out for those wanting to partake of the annual visual treats that emerge after winter every year. The cherry blossoms still have a ways to go, but there is much to be seen already. A good place to start is the Smithsonian Institution’s Enid Haupt Garden on Independence Avenue. I visited it late yesterday afternoon and found the magnolia trees in perfect condition.
Moongate Garden and Smithsonian Castle
(Nikon D810 on tripod, with 24-70mm f.2.8 lens extended to 26mm; exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/16, ISO 400; two vertical images photomerged)
When I moved to the opposite side of the Moongate pool, another opportunity presented itself.
Magnolia Tree and West Wing, Smithsonian Castle
(Nikon D810 on tripod, with 24-70mm f.2.8 lens extended to 50mm; exposure: 1/30th sec. @ f/16, ISO 400; approximately 45 minutes before sunset)
The above image is a view toward the north. But there was more. The setting sun occasionally found an opening in the clouds and provided a few brief illuminations of the Arts and Industries Building to the east as shown in the image below.
Magnolia Trees, Enid Haupt Garden
(Nikon D810 on tripod, with 24-70mm f.2.8 lens extended to 66mm; exposure: 1/13th sec. @ f/16, ISO 400; approximately 40 minutes before sunset)
Update: A check on the cherry blossoms early this morning (March 11) showed that it will be at least a few days before they are ready for their moment to shine.