Went into DC yesterday to see the cherry blossoms, taking a walk around the Tidal Basin, attending a brief talk given under the trees about cherry trees and their history in DC. Took some photos most of which I wasn’t able to tweet out, so posting them here:
Came out of a supercrowded Metro onto an almost as crowded Mall
The basin from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial
The trees nearer to the memorial tend to be younger. The talk explained that the screens around the trees were to protect against pests.
On the far side of the basin, where the original trees were planted, they’re older and much more gnarled, and hang over and around pedestrians
This pagoda is from 1854(more than half a century before the trees were planted) as a symbol of US-Japanese friendship. Nowadays it’s right outside the FDR Memorial…
Got back on the Metro at the Navy Memorial. A guy there bubbles out a fancy Nemo-shaped blower also had these mechanical little figures wandering about.