Postcards of the Day: Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC


When I first returned home, the first comment I heard was: “Welcome back. You’re just in time for the Cherry Blossoms!”

Washington, DC loves its Cherry Blossoms season. It’s the sign of Spring and one of the most beautiful times to visit this city.

How often do I do touristy things in my city? Almost never (ha). I’m so busy traveling elsewhere that I haven’t enjoyed much of where I live for half of the year. I decided to change that and for the first time in almost ten years, I headed to the National Mall with a friend to gawk at the Cherry Blossoms. But we were late – most of the trees have already shed their bloom. Spring came early this year, and the rain didn’t help.

Still, I managed to get some shots of the few blooming trees left and they were stunning all the same.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. lovenia 10 April, 2012 at 12:39 PM #

    Stunning photos. I moved to Charlotte from the DC area a couple of years ago and this is the closest I’ve come to Cherry blossoms since then! 🙂

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 11 April, 2012 at 11:23 AM #

    Thank you! I hadn’t been in so long, it was nice.

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