Last week I rode my brand new bicycle from Arlington to DC, which is only about 2 or 3 miles away, to finally see the famous cherry blossoms trees in full bloom. For several years now, I have thought it would be cool to see them personally during their blooming. Having studied some Japanese language in the past, I was aware of the history of the cherry blossom trees, being a gift from a Tokyo Mayor in 1912 to the United States of America as a gift of friendship between our two countries. As I am currently studying Laotian at the Foreign Language Institute, this was the perfect time if ever to see them, so I jumped on my bike and rode down to the Washington Mall.
It was a Sunday morning, and it turned out to be a very cold and gray day. My hands were freezing as I tried to snap the best shots possible. I only had my Google Nexus Android phone with me, and I wasn’t prepared for the cold weather, as it had been warmer for several days leading up to the weekend. As a result, most of the pictures didn’t turn out so well, but as picky and persistent as I was, there were a few that were truly spectacular.
Perhaps one day I will see some cherry blossom trees in Japan as well, which I am sure would also be classic. However, for now, I am more than captivated with what I saw. I’d like to share a few beautiful pictures from that day with you. Feel free to click on them for a full size viewing.