On Saturday we got up early and braved the crowds down at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to get a peek at the famous cherry blossoms on the day of their peak bloom. We were not disappointed!
The cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin were a gift to the U.S. from Japan in 1912 as a gesture of friendship. The Japanese gifted 3000 cherry saplings which when planted around the inlet of the Potomac River that fronts the Jefferson Memorial, makes for an unimaginable display of beauty during the blooming season (usually late March to early April).
Because we’ve had such a cold, long Winter, the peak bloom was delayed a few weeks, allowing us to take our grandparents down to see Washington DC wearing her finest ball gown.
Enjoy the pictures! (Top photo taken with filter on iPhone)