A Bit 'o Random Musings on Politics, Religion, and Anything Else That Passes Through My Crazy Head

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cheery Cherry Awesome Blossom(s)

Today my Dad and I walked all the way around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. It was a perfect spring morning, with a gentle breeze and the cherry blossoms in peak condition. It's been eight years since I've been in town for spring, and I have to say that I love it.

At the tidal basin this morning, I just noticed how many people there were, just there enjoying the blossoms. People taking engagement photos. A husband taking photos of his pregnant wife. A family taking their first family photo with their baby (maybe not *first* but close). Mother and daughters taking pictures. A nine-year old trying to get the perfect artistic shot with a cherry blossom branch arching over the Lincoln Memorial. Tourists from many lands taking photos. People holding their dog a certain way to take a picture of it with the cherry blossoms. (Ok, there were a lot of snapshots going on here).

If you've never seen the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin, you are missing out - these flowering trees bloom for about two weeks, making a small little paradise in downtown D.C. It combines the beauties of nature with views of the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington monuments, and, if you don't mind waking up early to miss the tourists, it's a spectacular walk!
Here's my favorite photo, I think I'm seriously gonna frame it:

The world is a truly beautiful place, and today I was/am really glad to be alive!

Other things I love about spring:
- The cheerful daffodils that bob good morning to me as I drive to work.
- Azaleas (these will probably merit a post of their own once they start to blossom)
- Green grass
- Not wearing a coat!!
- Rain & Thunderstorms
This sign made me laugh (especially since my brother's eagle project is going to be protecting cherry blossoms from the beavers who are destroying them!)


  1. I love these pictures!! I wish I was there with you. It looks beautiful.

  2. That is wonderful! However, I would recommend rotating the Washington monument pic slightly to the right so that it's perfectly vertical. I do love it though! And the Jefferson one is also amazing. And Conway votes for the first one. The end. Well done!

  3. Austin, why am I not surprised that you noticed that the Washington monument is not exactly vertical? Silly boy!