Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April Note Card Party


Vee, at the delightful blog A Haven For Vee has decided after the success of her first Note Card Party event in March to make it a permanent event that will happen the third week of every month!   What participants are asked to do is choose four photos that we previously published on our blogs in a prior blog post, choosing photos that we think would make beautiful or interesting note cards. Last month I shared special New York City photographs.



The photos I chose this month are beautiful photos a good friend's daughter, Lauren, took for me of the National  Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, which I published on this post in April of 2009.



Try as I might, I never seem to be able to make it down to Washington DC to attend this festival, although it has been almost a life long dream of mine to see it!  Even when my son was an undergraduate at a university in Washington DC for four years and then lived and worked there for two years afterward, something always seemed to come up during the month of April to keep me in New York. Thankfully, Lauren, who now lives and works in DC, was kind enough to share her photos with me, and I thought you would all enjoy seeing them again.  I think they would make gorgeous note cards, don't you?



I believe the National Cherry Blossom Festival occurred early in March this year, due to the unusually warm weather the East coast has been experiencing on and off all winter and spring.  Even if I wasn't so busy clearing out and closing up my Mother's house, and doing last minute preparations for my daughter's wedding, I probably still would have missed it, as I would have made hotel reservations for April instead of March, when the cherry trees all bloomed!

Wish me luck for next year's festival -- I really want to see them in person one day!


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66 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Sending you a big wish for good luck - you will see them in person one day! xo

nanny said...

Good Luck Pat.....I would like to see them too!! We will some day!!

Vee said...

Absolutely stunning note cards. I can definitely see them used in that way. How odd that you've not made it where you are so close. I have been there just after their peak. It was still lovely with blossoms all over the ground. It was away back in 1968. I'd like to make it when they're just blooming. Unlikely, but a gal can dream.

Ginny said...

She is a wonderful photographer, the second and third are my favorites.

Michelle said...

We used to live in the DC area and have been to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Quite a beautiful sight to see, for certain!

Sue said...

Absolutely beautiful, I have visited WDC but never in spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, I must put this on my to do list. Hope you will get to attend next year. Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Fun pics Pat, love the great colors in the last one:@)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - You've got to fulfill that wish someday. Lovely photos. Did you know that Newark's Branch Brook Park has more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees? their big bloomfest is this Sunday, April 22.

Pamela Gordon said...

It must be so wonderful to see these cherry blossoms in person! I hope you get to do that next spring. Beautiful photos. Pamela

Claudia said...

I have visited D.C. many times and have never managed the cherry blossoms. Sigh. It's on my wish list also! I think it's the hundredth year with these trees that were brought from Japan? Did I read that somewhere? Meanwhile, the photos just bring happiness.

ARLENE said...

Such gorgeous photos! Visiting D.C. during cherry blossom time is definitely on my bucket list. Good luck!

Happyone said...

Your pictures make beautiful note cards.
Great photos!!

Carol said...

Good luck, Pat, I hope you get there next year! Beautiful shots, would make beautiful notecards!

Angela said...

These truly are beautiful!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

These would make a wonderful set of note cards!! I especially like the one with the Jefferson Monument framed by the cherry blossoms! I'd love to see this in real life one day, too!! Pat, thank you for your prayers!! Thank you! t.

Sarah said...

I so wanted to go to the festival this year because of the special anniversary and exhibits. Didn't make it! Still on my list though.
Happy wedding soon.......Sarah

Happy@Home said...

I do hope you are able to make it next year. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you ;).
I have always heard that this is a beautiful event and your photos prove it! They would definitely make gorgeous note cards.

ButterYum said...

Oh, how neat. I'd love to participate. Thanks for posting a link to the blog.

Chatty Crone said...

Good luck to you! sandie

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This would make a lovely set of cards Pat. If you had made plans to go to Washington this year you may have missed the flowering as they were ready earlier than expected.
♥, Susan

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

My brother and his wife went to Washington a few weeks ago and said it was amazing to idea see. I like the notecard idea.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

We went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC one year--several years ago... I want to go back now that we have better cameras!!!!!

Gorgeous photos, Pat... I love them ALL.
Hugs,
Betsy

ellen b. said...

Definitely a good festival to have on a must see list. I've never seen the Cherry blossoms in D.C. either.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Pat, didn't Vee have a great idea! I've been making note cards out of my photos for years! I should look through a few of my favorites and link up!

You have to see the Cherry blossoms, you won't be disappointed, I saw them years ago!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Lorrie said...

The cherry blossom photos are stunning. We have lots of them here, and they bloom at different times - now it's like the sky is raining pink petals!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Stunning!!!! WOW- and against that amazing crystal blue sky- sheesh, just gorgeous!

Very beautiful for note cards, definately!! Well done!

Neabear said...

I hope you can get there in person one day. You are lucky to have someone to share their photos so you can feel like you are there! Hope you get there next year!

~Linnea

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice set of note cards- that second one is just stunning!

Ola said...

A very nice shots!

Life and travelling
Cooking

Tracy said...

STUNNING April sweetness... those trees look like cotton candy! And your images/compositions are wonderful, Pat. Vee's card party is a great idea...and monthly too--WOW, very fun! We often say, "This year we'll get over to D.C for the cherry blossoms..." We're still working on making that happen too... LOL! Luck to us all! ;o) ((HUGS))

Old Kitty said...

Even the BBC reported on this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival cos it was that spectacular! Oh I do hope you get to go next year Pat! Yay!

I love love love these pics - love how the blossoms take centre stage framing these iconic buildings! Take care
x

Marilyn said...

What is not to love about the beautiful cherry trees??
Hugs .... Marilyn

Snap said...

I have not seen the cherry blossoms in DC either. I've been thinking about going to the west coast to see the cherries bloom in Oregon! Wonderful selection for Vee's party. Can't beat the gorgeous cherry blossoms.

cocomino said...

It's really beautiful. I love cherry blossoms.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

The Blossoms of Washington, DC ~ a lovely note card collection for April!

The annual cherry blossom festival is happening in Vancouver right now. I have never been. Maybe next year I will take in the Vancouver show...and you will make it to the DC one...and we will compare notes!

podso said...

Hi pat, they make a lovely set for note cards. I hope you make it to DC next year!

Rettabug said...

Wonderful photos for the Note Card Party, Pat! I have never seen the cherry blossoms in person...another thing to add to my bucket list. *sigh*

hugs,
Rett

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

Would indeed make lovely postcards. I hope to one day see the festival as well. These photos were a great glimpse of it. Thanks!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Keep trying to get there to experience it in person. It is as wonderful as they say. I was there for a job training, it was snowing then two days later the temps soared to 80 and POW! The blossoms erupted in a day. The city nearly shut down so cherry blossoms could be enjoyed.

Pie Lady Pat said...

It's tricky to attend a blossom festival at exactly the optimum moment! Traditionally our cherry blossoms are in full bloom around Mother's Day. They are very early this year! In fact, I'd better get out there with my camera!

Beth said...

i've always wanted to see the cherry blossoms. just lovely. you have me there. i would definitely love them for sure. (:

Precious said...

These are so lovely!

Riet said...

Defenitely all beautiful for postcards Pat. The blossoms are so beautiful.
HUgd from Riet

Denise said...

Hi Pat,

These certainly would make great note cards, with a theme of Washington, D.C. during cherry blossom time. The blossoms are truly gorgeous; I'd love to visit at that time of year, too. I also love the views of the Washington and Jefferson Monuments across the Potomac River. Great pics!

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

Denise at Fores Manor

Carol said...

Beautiful blossoms! I think I was there one year for the cherry blossoms, and it had been unexpectedly windy and kind of blew them off the trees....
Thanks for the kind comments on the porch photos....we ARE in PA!

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Hi Pat,

I do hope you make the Cherry Blossom festival soon but I have to say, even though I live less than 2 hrs by car, I've not made it myself! This year they bloomed excessively early but every year it seems to vary a bit. C'est la vie! I do love the shots your friend took though especially looking over the basin, very majestic. Thanks so much for your very sweet comments on my blog. My husbands family was from Brooklyn and he remains very interested in hearing about the area so we're on board as Followers now :)

Robin
happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat--We should put this on a joint calendar--I have always wanted to go too, and we spend quite a bit of time in DC, but I have missed the blossoms every year! These are very nice pictures--at least we can enjoy these. Linda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

How beautiful...what a beautiful site to see!!!

Cheryl said...

Oh yes, these make gorgeous note cards! I do hope that you are able to see the cherry blossoms some day. It was also a dream of my mother's, and one year she and my sister and I made the trip and were able to see them first hand. What a sight to behold! Now my 18-year-old daughter would like to see them, so I may be making the trip again...

Blessings,
Cheryl

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What gorgeous images of the cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin! They are picture perfect!
Yvonne

GailO said...

It was pure coincidence that I managed to be in DC one year during the beautiful cherry blossoms...it was breath-taking!

diane b said...

It sure is a beautiful spectacle. You'll just have to keep it on your bucket list. When hubby retires you may have more time.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It would be amazing to see in person! The dogwoods in NC have been spectacular this year. Beautiful cards, my friend!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my, those trees would be spectacular to see in person! How beautiful!

Micupoftea~ said...

Thanks for sharing these pics, Pat~ I've only been to DC once for 2 days...never left the hotel/conference, so I only saw of it what I could see from the taxi window! Hope you get to go next year.Thanks for visiting my blog.
shawn

Cindy said...

I hope you do get to DC to see the lovely Cherry Blossom Festival.
Your photos would make gorgeous note cards! Good choices.
Hugs, Cindy

Privet and Holly said...

Pat, it is on my list,
too! My brother has
lived there for nearly
20 years and I've yet
to make it down to see
them. I hope we both
get to experience this
beautiful sight, someday
soon!

xo Suzanne

Yvette said...

Beautiful photos. Maybe next year we'll have your photo 'take' on the apple blossom scene in D.C. :)

Finally got over my photo linking problems Pat. Skye switched me to Google Chrome and all is now well. It'a s short cut and not a permanent fix, so we'll see how it goes. So far so good.:)

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Pat,
Hi! I believe all of those beautiful photos would make a pretty card.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Pat

Beth said...

Pat, Your photos of DC are spectacular. Hope you are able to get there next year. So beautiful!

LV said...

How fortunate you got to see these lovely trees. I have never been there.

Tami Kenner said...

I would love to see them in bloom too. Just beautiful!
Happy Pink Saturday! xo Tami

Only Cute Things said...

Just beautiful post! xoxo

chubskulit said...

Love your pink this week. So pretty!

My PINK..., have a great weekend!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful photography! Happy Pink Saturday. ~Diane (I am #17)

Annesphamily said...

These are so lovely and would make excellent note cards! :)Love the cherry blossoms!