April 4, 2016

Song-ography, the "It's My Life" edition...

EVERY year come March I promise myself the same thing...I'm going to hop in the car and make the drive to our Nation's capital to see the cherry trees when they blossom.  And EVERY year...something comes up.  I miss time the peak blooms, it's too cold and rainy, the Things have commitments on the calendar that I don't want to miss, I'm too tired, there's a an episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" I just can't miss. Yada, yada, yada.

"It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life."

-It's My Life (Bon Jovi)

"I Ain't Gonna Be Just a Face in the Crowd"
Cherry Blossom Festival
Washington, D.C.

But THIS year?  It was now or never. I hit the open highway and three hours later was in D.C. crossing off a 'to do' on my bucket list.  Felt good. I only missed the peak blooms by 2 days, so I consider that a success in my book.  The weather was sunny.  I didn't go on a weekend, so the crowds weren't TOO bad.  And I took LOTS of photos (more will be coming this week, so check back!).  

As for this guy in the photo?  I seriously have NO EXPLANATION.  I'm SURE there is a story here, but for now it's a mystery to me.   If anyone is familiar with the significance of this cloak and gold chain I would love to be enlightened. But for the time being, he's just another face in the crowd enjoying the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin in Washington, D.C., like moi.  Except, And got there at a MUCH younger age than I did! But that's okay, like Frankie said "I did it my way".


Hello!  Welcome back to another Tuesday which means it's Song-ography.  Just a reminder for those not in the know:

Song/Lyrics + Photo(s) = Song-ography

All are welcome to jump in, link up, and participate.  I only ask that you abide by the "rules" of Song-ography.  Thank you!  Looking forward to stopping by all your blogs and seeing what songs you've been photographing too.  I encourage everyone else to take some time and make some visits too!

(Join me on Tuesdays for Song-ography.  Click on photo for full link-up description)


  1. Hi Kathy.....how wonderful that you got to live your life and see those cherry trees....I have always wanted to travel to Japan for the Cherry Blossoms.....I hear it is gorgeous....looking forward to seeing more of your photo's

  2. Tons and tons of cherry blossom pictures came up on my time hop yesterday from my DC days - so glad you got down there!

  3. I love DC. I've been there just as they were starting to bloom but not for the full-on spectacle. It's on my to do list. I'm curious about that guy now too.

  4. We've got cherry blossoms here in Toronto as well but it will be a couple of more weeks until they appear.

    DC is such an amazing city and you do see some odd characters. Sure hope someone can shed some light on this dude.

  5. Oh! Can't wait to see more and more and more of your pics!! Also...your 'guy' and my swan, from the back...kinda similar?!?

  6. So beautiful. Had no idea that DC is famous for its cherry blossoms.

    1. Yes! 1912 Japan gave Washington, D.C. 3200 cherry trees. There is more to the story...check back later in the week :)

  7. Such beauty, but that guy, what's up with him? I'm so curious to know the story, which makes this an awesome photo!

  8. I hope that one day I will get to see this for myself but unlike you it is a bit more than a 3 hour drive :)


  9. How good did that feel, ticking something off the To Do List. Well done you Kathy!

    1. Yep! Now I have to add something new to take it's place :)

  10. beautiful and interesting!!!! and i have no idea!!! i missed it completely and when i say completely, it was completely. i shared a few pictures today, as there were 3 late blooming trees and i found all 3!!!

    we go every year and so far, we have hit peak blooming every year. it is beautiful and i am so happy you got to see it!!!!

  11. Can't wait to see more of the cherry blossoms. I'm thinking...Druid.

  12. Life is too short.
    Inhale the cherry blossoms!!
    That guy is either a monk or in a cult!!

  13. Makes for a good picture, but don't have a clue about the outfit. - Margy