Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring has Sprung

Even in my short time here, I've learnt that spring does not officially arrive in DC until the cherry blossoms make their annual appearance.  I've also found that there is some sort of inexplicable need for anyone and everyone in the area to make an annual pilgrimage to the tidal basin, camera in tow, to take in the delicate blooms.  I, of course, was one of those people.

Just a small fraction of the visitors

Visiting the cherry blossoms this year could not be any different than last year when it was cold, dreary, and so foggy you couldn't see the trees across the basin.  The blossoms peaked a full month later than last year and were accompanied by blue, sunny skies and record high temperatures (it was ninety degrees today!).  

I hope you'll indulge me as I share a few pictures from my time spent with the cherry blossoms.

A clear view of the Jefferson Memorial

Sadly, I did not partake in the paddle boating

The Washington Monument is under construction, but the blossoms cover up the ugly scaffolding quite nicely


The blooms normally only last a few days, so no tree was unattended

What marks the unofficial return to spring to you or your area of the country?


  1. I am so jealous! It is my goal to some year visit DC when the cherry blossoms bloom.

  2. It looks beautiful! A perfect day to be outside.
    For us, spring is when the bluebonnets arrive on the sides of the highways. It's the state flower, and they basically pop up overnight and coat the sides of the hills.

  3. I know I say this a lot, but WHY IS IT STILL SNOWING IN WISCONSIN???? Sorry, I'm just really jealous of anyone who is not wearing snow boots and a winter coat right now.

    We had some crab apple trees in my front yard growing up that would bloom like these for a few days every spring, and I looked forward to it every year. So pretty :)


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