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It’s cherry festival time!

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Close up and personal.

Close up and personal.


No, not in Michigan, that’s still a few months away. But down in DC? Well, it’s prime cherry blossom viewing down there! And I was lucky enough to have a meeting scheduled there, so in between commitments I went up to Capitol Hill and became a tourist.

It was glorious.

I’d never been in DC during cherry blossom time, so I didn’t know what to expect. I flew in on Easter afternoon, changed into running clothes and figured I’d jog a bit on the Mall, take a few pictures of cherry blossoms, just enjoy some alone time.

Pretty in pink.

Pretty in pink.

I was so naive! When I came up out of the metro (subway) and made it over to the mall I was confronted with a few hundred gazillion tourists, all strolling along. It was like being at the start of a race, when you’re all jammed together and walking (slowly) toward the start line. Except there was never any start line…the crowd just kept meandering along.

Not going to be running here.

Not going to be running here.

So, no running on the Mall that afternoon! What was I thinking? But the cherry blossoms were stunning! The trees glowed under their own power without benefit of the sun.

Crowds enjoy the blossoms.

Crowds enjoy the blossoms.

I moved with the crowd from the Washington Monument where white cherry trees provided a heavenly canopy for people picnicking….

My favorite image from Easter afternoon.

My favorite image from Easter afternoon.

…toward the Jefferson Monument on the tidal basin, surrounded by white and pink trees.

Jefferson Monument surrounded by beauty.

Jefferson Monument surrounded by beauty.

The water was filled with people in paddle boats having fun. The shore was crowded with people taking pictures of people in paddle boats, pictures of trees, pictures of blossoms, pictures of each other, pictures of Jefferson’s monument.

There were long lines to rent the boats.

There were long lines to rent the boats.

It was so much fun, even though I was cold. I had dressed to be running and I was decidedly not running. But I didn’t care. It was so just much fun! Eventually I got all the way over to the Jefferson Monument….

Headed up the steps.

Headed up the steps.

…and noticed how pretty the Washington Monument was, across the basin, ringed with cherry trees.

Washington watches over the crowds.

Washington watches over the crowds.

The short trek between the two had taken over an hour, and it was getting dark, so I took some side streets back to the metro. I even ran a few blocks, just to say I did.

I will put together one more blog about the sights on the Mall. Tuesday, before my flight, I got up early and headed back to see the sun rising over the cherry trees. You won’t want to miss it.

I couldn’t stop grinning the whole morning.

Found a few seconds of solitude at Jefferson's.

Found a few seconds of solitude at Jefferson’s.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on “It’s cherry festival time!

  1. I’ve only been once, Dawn, but I still remember the blossoms blowing about as if they were snowflakes! So beautiful!!! Love your pictures.

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    • I was lucky to be there when they were in their prime, and no blossoms were falling yet. But I can imagine it must be beautiful when they start to fall, would look like snowflakes!

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  2. This is a sight I’ve long wanted to enjoy, Dawn, so thank you for showing it to me. Sorry you had to pass on your run, but it looks like Someone had other plans for you that day!

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  3. Just beautiful!

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  4. Mommas friend went to Tokyo to see them. Cool
    Lily & Edward

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  5. Cherry time is a beautiful time. And you captured the flowering trees beautifully in these images. Here where I am right, Washington state, the cherry blossom is peaking too.

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    • Thank you. It was a wonderful walk, and I had even more fun two mornings later as the sun rose over the trees and monuments. It’s an amazing city. Cool to think that the trees are peaking on the other side of the country at the same time.

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  6. My cousin lives in DC, and she plays tourist for a day and takes her daughter to see the trees every year.

    The trees are stunning.

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    • I suppose like anything in nature some years are better than others…but this year seemed absolutely perfect. Glad she goes each year to see. It’s a special thing that not everyone gets to witness in person. I felt lucky to be there.

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