While the cherry blossoms may have come and come in the Tidal Basin of Washington, D.C., I’ll always remember their beauty.
Living in a touristy city (and touristy cities my entire life), I often forget to take advantage of the places that make my city so unique. For example, it took me years to hike to the Hollywood sign and I waited till my senior year of college to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. But as I’ve come to find out, these places are tourist places for a reason. Because, they’re, well, spectacular.
I’m the first one to shy away from big crowds, but by golly, it’s worth it to brave the crowds during the busy season. Just be sure to watch out for selfie sticks and annoying families that will almost push you into the water to get that perfect picture.
But back to the Cherry Blossoms…
I was lucky enough to see the blossoms in the sunlight, on an overcast and cloudy day, and at sunset- perhaps the most beautiful time to view these little springtime beauties.
During the day, the trees lined the basin, as if they were little pink clouds sitting gracefully atop the water. Their drooping branches kissed the top of the calm water every so gently, releasing little pink and white petals into the dark abyss, to float along like miniature lily pads in a pond.
Idyllic would be the best work to describe the cherry blossoms- that is if it weren’t for the large crowds of tourists each trying to capture the best picture of theses gems up close.
And sunset was the best part. With the pink colors of the sky matching the pinks in the fully bloomed blossoms. Pastel colors shooting around the sky, as the sun dipped below the calm waters of the Tidal Basin.
Truly a picture out of a coloring book, the perfect painting for a postcard.
What touristy things are in your city? And what do you have left to explore this spring?