Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

If I could pick one season where I thought Washington DC really sparkled, it would definitely be Spring time. While the fall colors are gorgeous, nothing really beats spring blossoms. The many budding trees are a gorgeous sight to see and it is hard to drive anywhere in the city and not see streets and buildings surrounded with small, pink and white blossoms. The sight of these beautiful blossoms is our first sign that Spring is really upon us, despite this harsh, cold weather that still lingers around.

What Washington DC is best known for are the Cherry Blossoms that surround the Tidal Basin. Every year, our nation's capital celebrates National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tradition that showcases the Yoshino cherry trees that were given to the US from Tokyo as a gift of friendship. The first two original trees, that are still standing, were planted by First Lady Taft and Vicountress Chinda (wife of Japanese Ambassador). The celebration of this occasion started in 1927 with a re-enactment of the original tree planting and 84 yrs later, the festival is still celebrated for 2 weeks each spring. (The date of peak blossom varies each year depending on the weather)

There are always floods of people that flock to the view the Cherry Blossoms, which makes traffic crazy around Tidal Basin, especially during the rush hour time! Today, I joined my friends after work in an effort to find parking in the area and do a quick lap with pictures around the Tidal Basin. After what seemed like hours in the car, I decided to jump out and snap a few pictures, while my friends waited for me in traffic.
They are too sweet! 

So here are some quick pictures that I shot before I had to jump back in the car! I hope to make it back at least one more time, but with rain and wind predicted in the forecast for this week, I am glad I got in a few good pictures! 

And after a long day at work and waiting in endless traffic, we decided we earned a yummy hamburger and fries from Good Stuff Eatery! YUM! 
(I had to try the many sauces they had. Ketchup won out as my favorite!)

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