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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.

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