Cherry Blossoms

19 Mar

I’ve waited all winter for this: the famous DC cherry blossoms. As a Floridian, I shivered my way through all three snow flurries and slipped on my first patch of ice. I shivered in my bed at night and walked to work with chattering teeth and a frozen nose.

But over night the cold disappeared and the city blossomed. Yards are decked with perky bright daffodils and tulips of yellow, pink, orange, red and purple. Yet all these little flowers are nothing in comparison to the majesty of the cherry blossoms down by the Tidal Basin.

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They’re truly an enchanting sight.  Walking around the water, it felt like I was in Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Strolling along, little petals float off the trees and swirl around

The blossoms were surprisingly…white. I definitely expected them to be pinker. My roommate and I found about five solidly pink trees. Perhaps the trees get pinker with time?

One million tourists visit the capital every spring to see the trees, and this year is the 100th  anniversary of the gift of the blossoms from Japan.

Since February the city had been tracking the progress of the blossoms.  Reports say that they’re supposed to peak this week, starting tomorrow.


3 Responses to “Cherry Blossoms”

  1. 8teen39 May 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Some beautiful shots here. I wish I had known it was the 100th anniversary. Not that I would have done anything differently, I just would have liked to have known. Somehow it seems important, of semi-historical importance that the news should have broadcast. Oh, well.

    • swampfrog711 May 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      Thanks! Do you live near DC? It was a big deal here, but perhaps the national news didn’t pick up on it.

  2. 8teen39 May 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I live closer to the west coast than the east. But it just seems like an important enough event that the news programs should have mentioned it.

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