I was really excited about shooting the cherry blossoms this weekend and packed all my gear for a walk down to the Tidal Basin, including my tripod. This turned out to be a huge mistake, as the crowds were so dense that setting it up would have been sheer madness. I spent the entire seven mile trek with it strapped horizontally at waist height under the top flap of my camera bag, all the while worrying that the legs of it were going to hit some rambunctious little kid in the face. Despite the crowds (worst since the inauguration) and mud, it was actually a really beautiful day and I took hundreds of photos. The HDR process really helped this one; in the original photo, the trees were so dark compared to the background that you could barely tell they were pink at all.