Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cherry Blossoms 2012 Redux

On a noontime run last month I headed down to the Tidal Basin with a couple of co-workers to drink in the Cherry Blossoms before they faded. It was a six-mile round trip, with slow going around the Tidal Basin because of the narrowness of the paths and the presence of crowds. (Right: The pink buds frame the highway bridge.)

The trees, donated to the United States by Japan as a sign of friendship in 1912, are 100 years old this year. The National Park Service is vigilant in keeping the keeps the trees active, vibrant and healthy.

(Left: The Jefferson Memorial across the way. Picture courtesy of HW.) The blooms came early this year and by the time of the Cherry Blossom Expo arrived this month, the blooms were all gone. The NPS says this is likely to be the new paradigm as global warming kicks in.

The run took about an hour and the colors were spectacular. There's no lovelier city in America during this week. (Left: There were visitors galore present to view the buds.)

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