In early spring hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C to see the cherry blossoms. The Cherry Blossom Festival has long been the celebration of friendship between the United States and Japan. This year the festivities are more somber and heartfelt because of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11. Americans are thinking about Japan and what happened there. On March 24th, a walk was held at the Tidal Basin to remember the victims of the earthquake. During the opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a moment of silence was held in remembrance of the 10,000 people who died and the 17,000 missing. The festival is also poised to help. This year, for the first time, an entrance fee is charged for the street festival, a portion of which will be donated to the earthquake relief fund.
There are more than 3,700 cherry trees representing 11 different species scattered throughout East Potomac Park and along the grounds of the Washington Monument, but the most famous are the more than 1,600 Yoshino trees that ring the Tidal Basin. Most of the mature trees were a gift from Japan in 1912. Their blossoms range from pure white to pale pink, and dark gray branches arch gracefully over the concrete walkway and dip close to the water.
This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival is held March 26th – April 10th.
Note ~ Please take a look at the corrected image in the workshop by Bulent. Thank you, Bulent, for rotating the picture and for the nice frame.
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batalay (34571) 2011-03-28 19:27
I had just logged onto Trekearth for a moment when I noticed this image logged in from you. As a site so familiar to me, it is especially welcome. The trees are emblematic of the Japanese people who first gave them to the people of Washington, DC almost 100 years ago. And your photo is a poignant tribute now to the same people who recently suffered the unspeakable tragedy — of an earthquake, that generated a tsunami, which in turn destroyed the nuclear power plant.
The rough hewn stone monument has always mystified me. I imagine it is meant to be a shrine in the shape of a miniature pagoda?
pajaran (47732) 2011-03-28 22:33
Velika tragedija naroda Japana ...
Dobar tekst i lepa fotografija posvecena ljudima Japana.
Neka prolece donese radost i srecu ...
Imajte lep dan i vreme.
The great tragedy of the people of Japan ...
Nice story and beautiful pictures dedicated to the people of Japan.
Let spring bring joy and happiness ...
Have a nice day and time.
All the best.
serp2000 (37402) 2011-03-29 1:27
Nice spring photo! I like your note too.
Good tribute to our Japanese friends. Well done.
samson (1355) 2011-03-29 4:51
This looks like a Japanese garden. Lovely flowers.
danos (82615) 2011-03-29 11:31
really the Spring is here with its representative,the blossoms of the cherries trees to make the scene so attractive.The existence of the woman and the two columns,create balance in the image.
gunbud (34066) 2011-03-29 20:29
Great springtime offering with the cherry blossoms in full bloom against this setting of east meeting west.
Strong light brings out sharp details and clear colors and the mother and child add a bit of warmth to this fine image.
subhendu_bagchi (25077) 2011-03-29 20:38
it is really a lovely scene. The trees with beautiful flowers nicely acted as frame for this fine composition. IMHO, it is slightly inclinede to the left and which is easily correctable. Except this it is a superb shot having warm colours and very nice depth. Excellent shot. Tfs.
ktanska (23854) 2011-03-30 4:31
Yes, cherry blossoms bring Japan to mind and so does that foreground monument. And nowadays Japan brings earthquake and tsunami to mind. Timely shot and a good way to remember. In the meantime the obelisk connects this to actual location in Washington.
Beatiful one, though as Bulent noted this leans to left.
Atousa (7123) 2011-04-04 5:48
You captured a delightful scene.. the blossoms have filled the sky beautifully.. great colors n quality.. very well done.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
paololg (31448) 2011-04-07 13:30
Ciao dear Betty,
what a splendid explosion of flowers! A photo with really pleasant subjects, captured with yours usual good photographic quality. Interesting the combining among the pagoda and the obelisk, that creates an interesting depth. Congratulations for this excellent work!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!