A photographer friend invited me to take pictures of the blossoming cherry trees at the University of Washington, and I am so glad that I went! There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the light was fantastic!
I arrived well before sunrise, so that I could capture the early morning light on the blossoms. However, I had to stop and get predawn pictures of a few of the buildings in Red Square. Wow!
After that, I went over to the quad, where the cherry trees are. The hour before sunset is known to photographers as the blue hour, because of the bluish tint everything has. I saw some of that, but I loved the orange tint that the streetlights gave to the white blossoms.
As sunrise approached, the buildings got the first light, which gave them a warm, golden color. Later, the trees were touched by the sunlight. I especially liked the contrast between the lit up parts and not lit up parts (they weren’t dark, just lacking sunlight on them).
After two hours, I got my fill, and headed home. What a great morning that was!
The only light in this picture was from lamps shining down from the ceiling. Lovely!
I love the shapes here.
I love the colors here. The flowers are white, but the streetlight gives them the orange tint.
Music hall tower during the predawn blue hour
Looking south down the quad. It’s obviously still the blue hour.
Savery hall and trees
I love this abstract shot. The light was so low, that I accidentally got motion blur, but the image is so pretty that I kept it.
The moon framed by flowers. Sunrise won’t be long now.
The branches make a lovely abstract image.
The moon and blossoms.
More branches and blossoms. The first hint of dawn is visible.
See the bird?
Music hall tower seen through the blossoms
The cherry blossoms are not limited to the branches.
The moon again. The sun has definitely risen.
There were a lot of photographers at the quad.
Sunrise coloring some steam.
The sun is lighting up the building. Gorgeous!
Two birds and a moon
A line of blossoming trees
A bird surveying his domain.
I love these colors!
Blossoms on a bench
A couple exercising.
The sun finally touches the top of a tree.
Looking up at the sunlit blossoms
The blossoms appear just about everywhere on the trees
A Spring morning on the UW quad