The cherry blossoms are an important element in Japanese culture and art. Wikipedia states that the "cherry blossom is an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, affection and represents spring. Cherry blossoms are an enduring metaphor for the fleeting nature of life, and as such are frequently depicted in art."
|This is the site where the first cherry trees were planted when given as a gift from Japan.|
Gazing at the beauty of these pink and white flowering trees I couldn't help but think about the Japanese people and hope that the same beauty and strength of these trees continues to shine through them and enables them to rebuild their beautiful country quickly.
|I love it when you see the little blossoms growing right out of the trunk. Life always finds a way.|
For us we are thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy these lovely flowers and the
fresh air outside on a chilly day and a little time just the two of us. In addition to the
blossoms we were able to enjoy a few of the nearby monuments as well. An introspective
look at how our own country was formed and strengthened.
|Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin|
|Washington Monument through the blossoms|
|Edgar at the base of the Washington Monument|
|view of Washington Monument through the columns of the Jefferson Memorial|
|words of Thomas Jefferson about religious freedoms|
|Thomas Jefferson himself|
|Me by the waterfalls of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial|
|The Lincoln and WWII Memorials across the National Mall|
|underground tunnel in Jefferson Memorial|
|right in the middle through the trees is the White House in the distance|
Here are some more of the pictures we took. Enjoy!
|looking out across the Tidal Basin|
|my hunny again walking from the car in Haines Point to get to the blossoms|
|even the potties were nice|
|the helpful beaver reminding us it is illegal to pick the blossoms|
|taking a nap in an old tree|
|a cute duckie husband and wife pair|
|view of the Capitol Building from the Washington Monument|
|boats in the marina at Haines Point|
|cool clump of old trees|