Washington Cherry Blossoms 2013
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The arrival of the Cherry Blossoms is always awaited with great anticipation in the Washington, DC, region. But a major question this year was: When exactly would they arrive? The official predictions kept being pusehd back. First, the National Park Service predicted March 26-30 for Peak Bloom. But a cold March with two snowstorms soon put this date off. Then April 3-5 was announned. Again, no blossoms. Finally, the blossoms appeared at the Tidal Basin on April 7!
I decided I would do my Cherry Blossom watching on April 9. As it turned out, that was the day of Peak Bloom, the day when the maximum number of trees were in flower. Each year I try a new theme or location for viewing. Last year it was at the new Martin Luther King, jr.
The blossoms were putting on a good show here. And, there were not the crowds that are encounted around the Tidal Basin. One can be up close and personal to commune with the Cherry Blossoms. Of course, I took many photos, using the Potomac as a backdrop.
Returning to the Tidal Basin to go back to Metro, I had two surprises. A singer was performing on the Cherry Blossom Festival stage. While many singers and musicians are scheduled for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, I had never encountered a festival performance in progress. Then, along came two ladies dressed in Edwardian attire and carrying parasols! They were reenactors portraying First Lady Helen Taft (who arragned for the cherry trees to come from Japan and planted the first ones in 1912) and a friend out on a sunny afternon stroll amid the blossoms.