Photographer's Note

Cherry Blossoms

In early spring hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C to see the cherry blossoms. The Cherry Blossom Festival has long been the celebration of friendship between the United States and Japan. This year the festivities are more somber and heartfelt because of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11. Americans are thinking about Japan and what happened there. On March 24th, a walk was held at the Tidal Basin to remember the victims of the earthquake. During the opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a moment of silence was held in remembrance of the 10,000 people who died and the 17,000 missing. The festival is also poised to help. This year, for the first time, an entrance fee is charged for the street festival, a portion of which will be donated to the earthquake relief fund.

There are more than 3,700 cherry trees representing 11 different species scattered throughout East Potomac Park and along the grounds of the Washington Monument, but the most famous are the more than 1,600 Yoshino trees that ring the Tidal Basin. Most of the mature trees were a gift from Japan in 1912. Their blossoms range from pure white to pale pink, and dark gray branches arch gracefully over the concrete walkway and dip close to the water.

This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival is held March 26th – April 10th.

Note ~ Please take a look at the corrected image in the workshop by Bulent. Thank you, Bulent, for rotating the picture and for the nice frame.

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