Cherry blossom Festival without blossoms
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is a yearly event celebrating the blooming of the Japanese Cherry trees in the nation's capital. The cherry trees usually reach their blooming peak around Easter.
The blooming activity is mainly located around the Tidal Basin, a pond like reservoir at the end of The National Mall. The trees were planted at this site after being donated by the Mayor of Tokyo, in 1912, as a token of friendship between Japan and the US.
I had visited the festival three years ago: see here. At that time the weather was much warmer and I could enjoy the explosion of the pink blossom colors. This year I was not so fortunate.
Still reason enough to join the hundreds of people on the 3-km (1.9-mile) walk around the basin, enjoying the blue skies, the regular monuments, and... many bare cherry trees with once in a while a purplish sprout. Even the views on the George Washington Memorial did not make it today. The monument, still recovering from an earthquake, is currently surrounded by scaffolding.
Fortunately the 2013 Kite Festival that was held today gave some color to the sky. And later, in the garden of the Smithsonian Castle, I found a tree, although not a Japanese cherry tree, blooming with pink colors. Mission completed!
More pictures below!