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100 years of gratitude

March 27, 2012

We went to Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms, and caught the flowers at near peak (a mark I usually miss). It was an overcast day, so the colors of the blossoms were muted compared with a bright blue sky. But I think this fits into my recent photo posts with gray tones.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,020 cherry trees to Washington. This was the second attempt; in 1910, Japan’s gift of 2,000 cherry trees had to be burned because they were infested with insects and worms. But, thankfully, a larger crop of trees followed in 1912, and these survived. (History.com has a nice article.) This wonderful gift has created a spectacular environment around the Tidal Basin — one that locals and tourists enjoy each spring.


Japan’s gift of trees
one hundred years gratitude
blooms and tourists rise

Cherry Blossom tree in Washington, DC
Cherry Blossom tree in Washington, DC
Cherry Blossom tree in Washington, DC
Cherry Blossom tree in Washington, DC

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