Washington Monument & Cherry Blossoms

This infrared image captures the Washington Monument surrounded by cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

The Washington Monument, located on the National Mall in Washington D.C., was built to commemorate George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States of America. Although the stone structure was completed in 1884, internal ironwork, the knoll, and installation of memorial stones were not completed until 1888.

In 1909, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki, made a gift of 2,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington D.C. as a token of friendship between Japan and the United States. In 1912, another 3,000 cherry blossom trees were presented to the United States to replace the original gift of trees (which had to be destroyed due to a destructive infestation.) The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the beautiful display of the cherry blossoms' bloom each spring.

Photographer: Carol Highsmith
Date: April 1, 2007
Location: Washington D.C.
Print: Infrared