Photo Friday: Cherry Blossom Time

It’s cherry blossom season in and around Washington, D.C.! Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping people at home, so many of us will not be heading to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms in person. Predictions for peak bloom time range this year from March 18 to March 30, so this seems like a good week to post a photo I took of a previous year’s sakura splendor.

In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki presented Washington, D.C., with 3,000 cherry trees, forever transforming the Tidal Basin at springtime. Three years later, the United States reciprocated by sending dogwood saplings to Japan. Today, he trees (and their descendants) symbolize not only the promise of spring, but also the friendship between the two countries.

For more photographs (not mine) of Washington’s cherry blossoms, check out this link:

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