Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Procession of Spring: The Yoshino Cherries

One of the most exquisite and evanescent experiences of the Washington spring: the flowering of the cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin by the Jefferson Memorial...

The Yoshino cherries, fragile, luminous, palest of pink blossoms, rim the Tidal Basin, shimmering from dawn to dusk...

First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Ambassador from Japan, planted the first two of over 3,000 trees given by the people of Japan to the United States in 1912 as a gift of friendship.

The blossoms shatter as the display fades, and the petals float down into the water and walkways in what the Japanese call "snow".

Photographed April 4, 7:30 am. Windy!

1 comment:

  1. I love these pictures -- as a native to the area, I could smell the cherry blossoms and the promise of spring!