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.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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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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