The book will feature approximately 15,000 words of text outlining the origins and the history of the Cherry Blossom Festival and will be illustrated with some historical photography showing the festival's evolution over the years. The majority of photographs will come from award-winning photographer Ron Blunt, whose work can be viewed at the following website: http://www.ronbluntphoto.com/. This book will be a stunningly beautiful record of the nation's biggest springtime festival and an object d'art to grace coffee tables around the globe with a beautiful memory of the beauty and fragility of spring. As the 100th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival approaches in the Spring of 2012, millions of people from across the country will gather to revel in the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms. This book will provide more depth to the visitor's experience and will serve as a valuable keepsake from the festival for years to come. Capturing the true essence of spring, Blunt's striking photography will also allow those who are unable to travel to the festival the chance to experience the splendor of the blooming cherry blossoms through his photography. This richly illustrated commemorative book will be the perfect gift for all those who desire to celebrate this nationally recognized event.
ANN MCCLELLAN's distinguished career included executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, the American Lung Association and the American Association of Museums. She is a resident of Washington, D.C.
Publisher: National Geographic (February 17, 2010)
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