‘Tis the time for bountiful cherry blossom trees decorating the Tidal Basin in the heart of Washington, D.C.
When the trees–which were a gift from Japan in 1912–are at their peak, people visit from all over the world, pushing baby strollers and carrying long camera tripods. Whole families with grandparents and toddlers make their way to this glorious spot. Amidst the calm chaos of thousands of people walking underneath the beautiful blossoms are picnickers, and couples positioning themselves for that perfect photo with the Jefferson Memorial in the background. Every language in the world can be heard at this time. Women in traditional Japanese costumes pose for photos between the trees. Buddhist monks in flowing orange robes bike past some of the crowds. Even on a cloudy day it’s a beautiful scene.