Cherry Blossoms, 2013

These young cherry trees near our apartment blossomed early, catching the last snow of the winter in late March:

Snowy Cherry Blossoms

We visited the Tidal Basin that weekend to see if the DC blossoms had started, but there were only buds.

Tidal Basin with pre-blossom cherry buds

I returned a week and a half later to find the blossoms at their peak. It was Wednesday evening at sunset.

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We returned again that weekend after church to see the last of the blossoms; already many had lost their petals and green leaves were gradually replacing the pink flowers, but there were still many trees in full bloom.

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Full Cherry Blossom 2013 photoset here, and I have an unbroken collection of cherry blossom photosets going back to 2004.