Cherry Trees Announcing Spring

A gift from Japan—
cherry trees announcing spring
blooms pink in D.C.      ~ msCherry-Trees
In 1912, the cherry trees that are now growing around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., were given to the United States as a gift of friendship  from Japan.   As time went by, the beauty of these trees in the spring began to attract visitors  from all around the world.Cherry-Blossom-WalkI took these photos on a rather chilly Sunday morning (April 6), and I wasn’t surprised to find that the trees were not in full blossom yet.  Although the Cherry Blossom Festival is being held from March 29 through April 12 this year, the trees are blooming later because of the cold, harsh winter that extended into late March.

As I walked along, I heard some people say how happy they were because it was not as crowded due to the cooler weather. It was easy to find an open bench! What a joy to be able to relax, look out over the water, and listen to the gentle breeze blowing through the trees.
The truth is, even though the trees were not in full bloom, there were actually quite a few cherry blossoms to see—it just took a little time to find them.

About Mary Strong-Spaid

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38 Responses to Cherry Trees Announcing Spring

  1. Absolutely gorgeous shots! I just posted my ode to cherry blossoms today as well. AND I was just saying how one of these years we have to see them in Japan. Judging from these pictures, we won’t be disappointed! Beautiful! 🙂

  2. Nice pictures! Thank you for sharing. In 2010 I came to Washington DC to see this lovely blossom but it was a little bit too late and I missed that event.

    • The ways of nature are very hard to predict.
      So, it is very difficult to determine exactly when is the best time to come. Sometimes rain and wind blow the cherry blossoms away as soon as they bloom!

      • That is exactly what happened in my case. I live beside of the park where we have about 10 Japanese cherry trees. It is not the same like in Washington. Nevertheless blossom looks gorgeous. Hope to see it again this spring.

  3. montucky says:

    Beautiful photos!

  4. mk says:

    I’d like to see them some day. Beautiful.

  5. Cindy Baker says:

    Very beautiful! I have had the opportunity to be in D.C. while they were in bloom. A wonderful sight. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. Mary, I found myself revisiting this post. I used to live in the D.C. Metro area and spring blossoms were a favorite event during the year. So much beauty. You capture this well! Thanks.

  7. John M says:

    Beautiful! Seeing the early emerging blossoms was seeing Spring struggling to arrive.

  8. Absolutely beautiful, my favourite kind of tree!! 😀 Our Cherry Blossom has yet to come out in the UK – I’m looking forward to it, it’s the best time of year! I love your close up pictures of the blossom against the sky, really vibrant images!♥

  9. Mags Corner says:

    All those pictures are just gorgeous. Cherry blossoms are just so beautiful. We don’t have very many around our place so I really appreciate when blogging friends share theirs. Spring is such a lovely time of year. Hugs

  10. Leya says:

    Absolutely wonderful! I have never been there but would love to go.

  11. becca givens says:

    To be in DC during the height of Cherry Blossoms is on my list of things to do. Went to Macon, GA last year for their Cherry Blossom Festival — but nary a one in sight because of the cooler weather in the area last year. Beautiful shots!

    • The cherry trees in DC didn’t come into full bloom until around April 10 this year…..which is rather late. Most years they are blooming much earlier, but it was a harsh cold winter. It’s kind of hard to predict what Mother Nature will do!

  12. Sheryl says:

    Lovely pictures–What a beautiful time of year in DC!

  13. SPFischer says:

    Mary, I hadn’t seen any posts from you in my reader, and just realized I never clicked the “follow” button on your blog! Arrgh. My bad.

    I love this post on the cherry blossoms. My husband and I went down last weekend and the crowds were unbelievable. We were expecting that, given the beautiful weather, and having the opportunity to photograph the blossoms in full bloom was well worth the less-than-peaceful atmosphere. I love your photos, especially the close ups. Gorgeous! Such beautiful, delicate flowers deserve to be seen in detail.

    • Thanks! I was thinking about going back up to DC the weekend that they were finally in full bloom, but I didn’t have time to do that. I heard it was beautiful weather for the cherry blossom parade. Did you take some photos of the trees and the crowd? I got a few photos of kites stuck in trees, because there was a good breeze blowing the day I was there. Moral of the story…..never fly a kite near hungry trees. 😉

  14. I have planted a weeping cherry from a sprouting an elderly woman gave me. She has since died and I am babying this little tree. I hope it looks like your pictures one day.

    • Nature is unpredictable, that’s for sure. We do our best!
      We planted a small Red Japanese Maple in our front yard, about 10 years ago.
      It has grown and is quite beautiful.
      However, every spring, we hold our breath and keep our fingers crossed.
      If the leaves sprout and freezing weather returns for a day or two in the spring, it will quickly kill the tree.
      So far it is hanging in there! 🙂

  15. ulsterphotosimages says:

    My favourite tree, the Cherry blossom , nice photos !

  16. in india we have a plant with flaming red colours, i have forgotten its english name, will share it with you, its flowers look like the flowers of cherry, bloom in the same manner, covering up the whole tree, only the colour is different. I so love those flowers 🙂

  17. janjoy52 says:

    These blossoms look very much like our apricot bossoms. Gorgeous!

  18. Line says:

    Oh, so gorgeously beautiful!! 🙂

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