Washington's Cherry Blossom Centennial 2012
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On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States planted the first of Washington's Cherry Trees at the Tidal Basin. They represented a gift of 3,000 cherry trees given by the city of Tokyo as a symbol of friendship. Since then, the blooming of the cherry trees has become a noted annual event in Washington, DC.
Spring 2012 marked the centennial of the Cherry Trees and the 100th blooming was anticipated by the region. The mid-Atlantic region experienced a record warm winter of 2011-2012 and the forecast for the Peak Bloom for the trees kept advancing. Spring arrived early in Washington. The National Park Service finally predicted March 20-23 as the Peak Bloom, nearly two weeks ahead of the normal time! So, as I do every year, I had to see the trees at their peak. And this time would mark their Centennial! I decided to venture forth on Wednesday. As it happened, the week of March 19 was largely overcast. So, I did not see the blooms in sun, but, nevertheless, I saw them! I also used this opportunity ot visit the new Martin Luthre King, Jr, Memorial. (Please see following review.) Please enjoy this year's photos.