Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

D.C. trip — walk down from the Washington Monument to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms in bloom; it’s cherry blossom festival time (March 20 – April 17).

This is apparently not the best year for them — a local told us that the last three years were stunning, but this year has been a little cold and windy, and they’re not giving their best show. Very pretty nonethless, though. I did think they’d be more pink, rather than almost white?

“In 1912, Japan gave more than 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees to the U.S., which have a life span of between 50 and 60 years. But, with the expert help [of] arborists over the years, the District’s renowned trees have doubled that life expectancy.”

This is the 110th anniversary of the gift.

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