When it hits, Spring is the trickiest season to enjoy. While you’re over there celebrating the end of winter, spring has already sprung full force. And unless you’re a planner, the most exciting part of spring happens before you even realize.
Most trees and flowers blooming in Spring tend to do so toward the beginning of the season. By the time you start hearing about an incredible bloom, it might be too late to see it. What a bummer for photographers. After all, flowers make the perfect subject for macro photography.
Start planning now, here’s a list of 5 great blooms that are worth a weekend adventure.
San Diego County, CA
California’s largest state park, The Anza Borrego Desert, is filled with 500 miles of desert roads and 12 wilderness areas. It’s a great place to ‘get lost’ anytime and experience Mother Nature, but it’s the seasonal wildflowers every Spring that bring people out in droves. Just a couple hours outside of San Diego (and about 3 hours from LA), the drive is worth it to see the pops of color against the desert landscape -- and thanks to unusually high rains, this year has been extra special.
Pro tip: Go later in the day, and stay for the sunset. Watching the desert sun fade into night is something you don’t want to miss.
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One of the United State’s most iconic Spring festivals is the Cherry Blossom Festival that happens every year in the nation’s capital. The best place to catch these blooming beauties is the Tidal Basin. This reservoir is encircled by iconic monuments like the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Along the paths that weave between these sites, you’ll find thousands of Cherry Trees that were gifted to the US by Japan in the early 20th century.
Pro tip: The blooms produce a soft feeling with their pink and white hues; try overexposing your edits to wash out the sky for a simple and uniform color palette.
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Dallas is home to what’s aptly hailed as the “best botanical gardens in the South.” The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit year-round, but its main attraction happens for 30 days every Spring: Dallas Blooms. The garden features tulips, daffodils, pansies, poppies, and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. During Dallas Blooms you’ll get to see the colorful display of these flowers across the 66 acre garden.
Pro tip: Great family activity as each weekend hosts special events, live music, and other fun activities.
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If you can’t make it to the cherry blossoms in DC, then Seattle is your next best place to see them. University of Washington, located just north of downtown Seattle, has a cherry blossom bloom that brings out large crowds of its own. The lush green quad is scattered with large cherry trees nestled between the collegiate gothic style buildings; all helping you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale movie.
Pro tip: Bring your friends; cherry blossoms make a great backdrop for fun portraits.
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Another breathtaking desert landscape can be found along the Apache trail, just east of Phoenix, Arizona. The Lost Dutchman State Park often blooms early. Thanks to heavy rainfall, this desert explodes with deep greens, bright yellows, and cactus flowers. While the blooms may be sparse, the incredible views and pops of color are worth the hike!
Pro tip: Grab your hiking boots or comfy shoes; the views from the top of the Superstition Mountains are worth the tired feet you’ll have later.
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