Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

The Cherry Blossoms are a big deal in DC. Starting March 1st predictions on when they will bloom covers the news channels. It is one of the most popular times for tourists to visit our Nation's Capital. 

The Cherry Blossom trees were a gift to the USA from the Mayor of Tokyo in 1912. 3,000 trees were delivered in honor of lasting friendship between the US and Japan. The trees bloom every year towards the end of March, and their blooms are super delicate. They only last for approximately two weeks, and they surround the Tidal Basin by the Jefferson Memorial. 

It is against the law to touch/pick the blooms. Whenever I see someone picking a flower or swinging the trees to make the petals fall, I go crazy. If I could I would throw the perpetrator into the nasty Potomac, but instead I just send them death stares. 
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This year DC experienced an abnormally long winter. Not only did I hate this, but so did the trees. They just started blooming this past weekend which is very late for them. Josh and I went to check them out on Monday after work. They had yet to peak (full bloom), but they were still beautiful none the less. Plus since we saw them at the beginning of the bloom they were pinker than they are at the end of their cycle.
Beautiful
We walked around the Tidal Basin for about an hour, and then went home and enjoyed this lil puppy:
A Giant Steak

3 comments:

  1. Awww I love the cherry blossoms!!! So pretty!

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  2. Gorgeous! I totally didn't know it was illegal to touch them, but probably wouldn't have anyway! I have a tiny blossom in the front yard and the Cleveland weather hasn't allowed it to bloom just yet!

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  3. So pretty!!! I miss those beauties... and I hope you didn't eat an actual puppy. :)

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