Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wanderlust: National Cherry Blossom Festival

here's to flower power

Image via Washingtonian

The weather took a turn for the worse here in Greenville this evening, so I couldn't help but think about the gorgeous weather elsewhere- call it a bad case of wanderlust!  Around this time last year, Justin and I drove up to Washington, D.C. right after the cherry blossom trees had bloomed.  It was absolutely stunning!  D.C. is already extremely photogenic what with all the monuments and white stone buildings, but the city is completely transformed in the spring by these iconic blooms.  The city hosts the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo to the mayor of D.C., and approximately 1.5 million people flock to the city each year to take pictures and bask in the sunshine around the Tidal Basin.  The festival is closing out with a parade Saturday, and the blooms are reported to last through the weekend.  If you're in the area and looking for something to do, I highly recommend it!  

Unfortunately, not many of the pictures I took with my disposable camera last year turned out- so, I pulled a few photos I from around the web that you can live vicariously through if you can't make it to D.C.!

Find the official images here and more on tumblr!

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