The Cherry Blossom Festival, which begins this weekend, marks the start of tourist season in DC, adding tens of thousands of occasionally-befuddled out-of-towners to our trains, restaurants, and sidewalks. I haven’t been down to the Tidal Basin in several years, but since there are flowering trees — the ubiquitous cherry, but also magnolia, as well as forsythia, azalea, and other bushes — throughout DC’s neighborhoods, slogging through crowds to see beautiful flowers just isn’t necessary.
I pass the tree below on my way to and from work every day, and happened to get a few nice shots of it last week, when the sky was blue. It was before the much-vaunted peak (which is, I think, today) so the tree isn’t in full flower. It still looks beautiful to me, though.
Updated to add:
For the second week in a row, I almost forgot to include the list of other people taking “My DC” photos: Hillary, sprite, randomduck, and MsP — and knitplaywithfire in Frederick, DC’s neighbor to the north.