I have every intention of going downtown this week and getting a photograph of the cherry blossoms in Washington DC. I was getting set to get up early, have my gear all ready and head down with tripod in tow and getting some sunrise photos or sunset photos perhaps. Late days at work, extensive travel planning, and a car accident (my arm is hurting but everyone involved is thankfully mostly ok) sort of derailed a lot of the photo taking. But I wanted to share at least a cherry blossom photograph for this week. I didn’t want to post the same photos that I again just took last weekend as I was wondering around mid-day downtown for other reasons, so I picked this photo from a trip through Japan during the cherry blossom time. This is from Himeji Castle, one of the best known castles and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a gorgeous castle that grows out of the stone base underneath it. During hanami (flower viewing) it is particularly gorgeous as the area around it is covered with sakura (cherry blossoms). The inside of the castle sadly is not as beautiful as the exterior of it, with much of the interior laying sadly barren.