I shot these in 2012 at the middle of the bloom on my old Nikon D50. It was a nice day, the early spring made the trees bloom early and the festival completely missed the blossoms. Not a big deal for residents, but there were a lot of pissed off tourists. It’s taken me a long time to get the shots edited down and posted, but I’m glad I sat down and got these together—as small a set as it is. I miss DC.
It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, although its surface is actually dark, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology.