Even though I grew up around DC, I never really began to experience the city until after I graduated college. I've never been in many of the monuments, and only experienced maybe two of the museums. Now that I live in the city, it's like I'm experiencing a whole new place I've never been to!
So when it was the perfect weather and the cherry blossoms were in bloom, I was beyond excited to play tourist for a day with one of my favorite couples.
It's been a really long time since I've been out to play with my camera and really take pictures.... and trying to get creative when thousand and thousands of people are walking through your shot is extremely frustrating. I still managed to get a few that I think are worth sharing, and experimented with some in Photoshop as I'm still figuring out everything I can for true photo-editing. [But don't go critiquing cuz like... I know they're not perfect or professional, MMMMKAY?!]
Unfortunately, most of the trees had already passed their peak, but we still managed to find some of the gorgeous pink trees in the less-traveled areas. We also learned pretty quickly that while climbing a tree for a picture may seem awesome, it's definitely not allowed.
If you ever decide to go to the blossoms during the festival, I'd recommend going towards the West Potomac Park/FDR Memorial/opposite side of the Tidal Basin as everyone else. It was so much less traveled, way more beautiful, and a lot more space to walk around beyond the small sidewalk that most people choose.
And if you've never been a tourist in your own city for any reason, get over that reason and do it. Do it a lot. Use Yelp. Wander around. You'll be surprised how much you'll discover about a city you thought you knew so well.