Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Snapshots from the Cherry Blossom's Peak Bloom

[Photo BD Matt]

Last year, during the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift to the United States of Cherry Blossom trees,  peak bloom had come and gone before the festival even began.  Fortunately, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is more than about the flowers, and has such activities as the Bloom Kite Festival.

In 2013, the National Park Service thrice had made predictions of when the peak bloom would be at the Tidal Basin.  This year peak bloom actually occurred on April 9th.

Blossom Close Up
[Photo: BD Matt]

The Cherry Blossoms are a time when Washingtonians can appreciate the beauty of Spring in the City of Monuments before the oppressive heat hits the swamp where the District of Calamity (sic) is situated.

Alas, this year Mother Nature seems to have given Spring a miss, so we went straight from winter chill to summer mugginess.  
Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin
[Photo credit: Gail Broeckel]


Grove of Funky Cherry Trees
[Photo credit:  Gail Broeckel]

View of Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin
[Photo: BD Matt]

DC War Memorial
[Photo: BD Matt]

The District of Columbia War Memorial is a forgotten jewel in West Potomac Park which is enhanced by the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated in 2011.  The severe Stone of Hope portrayal of Dr. King in the 30 foot granite sculpture by artist Lei Yixin is softened by the blossoming of the Cherry Trees.

Close Up of Blossom Accented MLK Monument
[Photo: BD Matt]


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