This weekend the National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off with some events yesterday, and a Tidal Basin ringed by Yoshino Sakura mainly in full bloom. And just enough buds to keep it interesting.
The Washington Monument
I knew it was going to be crowded, but I decided early on that I wasn't going to worry about that. In fact, people often lend a nice touch to sakura pictures.
Joseph was a little wary of American Hanami, but he got over it.
What would Japanese cherry trees be without a random lantern?
The lovely shidarezakura are in short supply,
but these Yoshino sakura were delightful in their own way.
A freshly budding tree provides a bit of contrast.
Lest the lantern feel sabishii.
Having hanami-ed in Kyoto, Joseph fancies himself a true champion of the sakura.
Just the one shidarezakura.
And some yellow forsythia behind.
I looked and looked for pink and yellow, as Yasuko once explained that they are the spring colors. But alas, pink sakura were in short supply, as were yellow flowers.