Pretty Flowers

Yesterday — which ever so conveniently aligned with my planned birthday off from work — was the first day of the peak blooming period for DC’s famous cherry blossoms. The cold weather had kept them at bay much longer than expected, but once they decided to appear… Whoa. I don’t know if I’ve never made it down to the Tidal Basin right at peak before, or whether this year’s crop is better than usual, but I’ll admit I was impressed.

Here are a few pictures from my stroll:

A closeup of the cherry blossoms.
A closeup of the cherry blossoms.
The Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry blossoms.
The Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry blossoms.
I'm not sure MLK approves of the crowds...
I’m not sure MLK approves of the crowds…
A panorama of the Tidal Basin, taken from near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. (Click to enlarge)
A panorama of the Tidal Basin, taken from near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. (Click to enlarge)

And as if that was not enough floral beauty for one birthday, I got into work today and found a huge box of gorgeous flowers from my nephews. I’m such a lucky auntie!

The beautiful gerber daisies that were waiting for me at the office this morning.
The beautiful Gerber daisies that were waiting for me at the office this morning.
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Blue. Yellow. Pink. Spring?

Blue. Yellow. Pink. Spring?

To say it’s been unseasonably cold lately would not be an overstatement – as I type, the 11:00 news is talking about sleet in the forecast and the delayed blooming of DC’s famous cherry blossoms. Despite this, there have been hints that our real spring is on its way, like yesterday evening’s perfect sky and the emergence of at least a few flowers. Of course, it was so windy that the “pink” part of this photo didn’t quite make it into focus.

Ah, well. Spring has to get here eventually, right?