4.08.2005

Biking Down Memory Lane, Part I

On a beautiful spring Wednesday morning, I biked over to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. I might have been a day or two early, they will probably peak today (if the rain didn't beat them down).




Washington, quite simply, does spring really, really well. I know that it's a season of remarkable change everywhere — but the speed with which plants green and blossom absolutely transforms the area and highlights its best qualities.

The cherry blossoms might be one of the most overhyped tourist attractions in the area. I've only gone to see them three, maybe four times in my 13 years here; they're undeniably pretty, but perhaps a bit anticlimactic in person. But, one time, flying back into National Airport, the approach took us down the Potomac and over the Tidal Basin while the blossoms were in full bloom — and I was treated to pinkish puffs just blanketing the whole area.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Wow - awesome pictures! While the cherry blossoms are indeed really beautiful, when I lived in the DC area I most often thought of them in the context of great annoyance with the traffic caused by viewers/gawkers and now I read that those very viewers/gawkers are slowly, but surely killing the trees by compacting the soil around their roots while doing said viewing &/or gawking...aargh...another one of life's cruel ironies (like a black fly in one's chardonnay)