It is THAT time of the year again, cherry blossom time in Washington DC.
The trees in Washington are starting to turn to that perfect light green spring color! It is not quite time for that yet in the suburb of Reston. Maybe in a couple of days? I hope so!
Here is the gang on its way to the Tidal Basin. This is The National Mall in D.C.
The Washington Monument in the spring!
Peter, Karolina, Pete (my father-in-law) and I took the metro downtown early Saturday morning.
Spring has sprung in DC. Maybe it has sprung a bit earlier than out in the northwestern suburb where I live.
The trees in The District are starting to turn green, and the flowering trees are plentiful.
Tidal Basin! The monument in the background is my favorite monument in DC, the Jefferson Memorial.
Cherry blossoms and pedal boats that one can rent.
There are about 3,000 cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin (and other parts of the areas surrounding the basin). All these trees were a gift to the United States from Japan back in 1912.
When the trees are in bloom you are sure to find so many tourists in Washington, D.C
HOWEVER, you CAN tell that a lot of the blooms did freeze to death after the cold snap we had two weeks ago.
It is not the same fluffy, dreamy clouds of blooms as it has been in the past.
I’d say that about 30% of the blooms are gone this year.
Sure, it is STILL so lovely and it looks like a fairy tale.
But, if you know how it is supposed to look—well— then you know …
Dreamy, dreamy ...
And, here is Karolina!!
Saturday also happened to be the first day of the big annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
The weather was top-of-the line good. Around 73 F (23 C).
And, it was packed with people around the Tidal Basin where all this cherry blossom beauty is concentrated.
Usually, we walk around the entire Tidal Basin, but we could not do it this time around. Pete has some problems with his hips and knees, and Karolina had to be back in Reston for an interview in the early afternoon.
The Washington Monument again.
Here in Reston the cherry trees are blooming as well (pictures from Reston will follow later on this week).
But, it is the same thing here. It is NOT as bountiful as it should have been.
And, I have a fear that the magnolia blooms did freeze to death, for reals, this year.
Magnolias are so beautiful while they are in their full pink bloom, but I have not seen them at all this year. Yes, they usually bloom around the same times as the cherry blossoms.
Lots of people.
It is spring. It really is.
And, it feels so good.
My own little family.
Have a good Tuesday, dear readers!!