Cherry Blossoms!

Weeping Cherry

Copyright 2011 Cynthia P. Hunter

Spring has finally arrived, although with today’s temperature (44 degrees) and cloudy drizzle, it may as well be February. However, a quick survey of area parks provide an abundance of cherry blossoms waiting for the peak day. On this particularly cloudy day, I had a chance to enjoy Spring’s showcase of cherry blossoms before the peak, day, hour or minute. …Ideally, the peak is predicted for March 28 thru April 2, 2011. However, the cold temps and rainy wet weather may have delayed the actual peak. Not wanting to endure the crowds at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, I ventured to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. At Brookside Gardens, I was able to enjoy the solitude and take in the beauty of the the season without the crowds. No, I didn’t get the post card shot of the Washington and Jefferson Monuments framed with Cherry Trees, but I came back with the simple beauty of tree trunks and branches dappled in soft pink petals.
Simple Pleasures … Cherry Blossoms Gallery

Perigee Moon

Full Moon

2011 Cynthia P Hunter

The biggest moon in almost 20 years! Tonight’s full moon is 21,000 miles closer due to a rare celestial event. Although still 211,600 miles away, it appears bigger and brighter.
Although there is more detail in tonight’s moon, I prefer last night’s moon due to the cloud formation framing the moon. Canon 70-300mm lens at 300mm f11 1/125 sec.

A Fulll Moon

Full Moon March 18, 2011

2011 Cynthia P. Hunter Photography

Every month I excitedly await the full moon. Tonight and tomorrow is a special full moon. The moon appears larger than normal due to the angle of the moon’s orbit this month. Standing on the deck, anxiously awaiting for the clouds to pass over the moon, I took a few images. Like the morning sunrise and evening sunset, I never tire of witnessing the timeless beauty of the sun and moon. The sun and moon remind me to stay in the present. Perhaps my concerns are not as big as I would like to imagine. No matter what is going on in my life, the majesty of the sun and moon provide a reminder ….”This Too Shall Pass.
Full Moon Images (3/18/11)