The Cherry Blossoms – Up Close and Personal

When our dear friends were in town visiting last weekend, we made the rookie mistake of venturing downtown to see the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin.

BIG rookie Washingtonian mistake. The crowds were insane.

You see, these blossoms have an optimal bloom life of approximately 4 days. I’m not kidding. The blossoms that I was admiring not even a week ago have expired, petals shimmying down like pink snow to the ground below them.

The best time to wonder through this ethereal fairyland is at 7am on a weekday. There is still a fair few people out at this time of day although it’s not of the crowd crushing variety that one would experience on the weekends.

So rise and shine early to meet my friend Liz for an early morning photographic extravaganza starring the cherry blossoms themselves!

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All photos courtesy of moi.