I will apologize in advance for having no sewing nexus here! The weather turned unexpectedly hot and I didn't have anything new to wear to the cherry blossoms this year. I didn't have a photographer with me, either, and the photo I asked a stranger to take barely shows the dress I was wearing (my Burda 06-2008-108 shirtdress with a cherry blossom-evocative print).
Even without a new dress, I wouldn't miss the cherry blossoms!
I visited after work on Monday, and got there just about sunset. I loved this venerable old tree.
We had an unusually cold Spring, so the blossoms--which were originally forecast for peak bloom on March 25, because of our mild winter--were still not quite there when I visited on Monday.
I shared my blossom experience from people all over the world, everyone drinking them in and trying to get the best shots. This one was a first for me: a pet photo shoot. This impeccably-groomed dog was having none of sitting on the black-covered pedestal and posing decoratively under the blossoms. None of it. I do not know if the second dog in the picture was waiting his turn, or just a bystander.
Every year I'm surprised that this dead tree has survived a culling. Its bare branches do make for a wonderful photo op, though. Here I waited for the duck to paddle to just the right spot before snapping the photo.
The Washington Monument is getting covered in scaffolding to finally repair the damage from our Great DC Earthquake of 2011 (I use this ironically--I grew up in Southern California and while it was certainly strong enough to feel, it was not a big earthquake). The scaffolding has its own charm.
There is nothing more picturesque than blossoms and water!
A kind stranger took my photo. The lighting was bad, but the flash version of the photo was terrifying. Luckily, I was not the star of this show.
As the sun went down I headed home. Can't wait for next year's!
All photos are here.