Those Blossoms!

I love them! The blossoms are so beautiful! Beautiful… that it prompted a road trip to DC to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Every spring, nearly 3,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks! The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to the US nation’s capital. Most of the trees are Yoshino Cherry.

In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street. Workmen planted the remainder of the trees around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park.

In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or “Sakura,” is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

For me it represents Spring and new beginnings, memories of China and Asia. I was not disappointed. It is the BEST time to visit Washington, DC in my opinion and our weekend here the blossoms were at their peak, the smell was amazing… so it was perfect week!

Enjoy some of the beautiful shots that we captured at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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