Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring has Sprung

WASHINGTON, D.C. - I've been a big-time slacker at blogging lately, but I make no apologies.  This winter never really made its full debut, so I've been soaking up the ideal weather conditions and enjoying the outdoors. Needless to say, Spring started early around here.

Last week, while I was on my way home from work, I snapped this photo.  The cherry blossoms were  at their peak when they normally would just be starting to bloom. I could stare at them all day if I didn't have to be responsible.  It's images like this that make it my favorite time of year on the East Coast.

This morning I did the unthinkable in my book, and got up early. A friend and I decided to beat the crowds, so we could take pictures of the majestically blooming Japanese Cherry trees bordering the Tidal Basin. However, when we got there we discovered that the peak blooms had already made their exit.  This weekend's chilly, strong winds had blown most of the blossoms off, and the bright pink and white flowers looked more like autumn colored leaves.  It was kind of a bummer.  But, since it is a rare occasion to find me up early, we made the best of it and had fun taking pictures anyway... 

If only cherry trees bloomed year-round, I'd be getting up early a lot more often.