Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Not Quite the Same

This year we are missing what has become one of my favorite springtime activities.  Seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. had always been on my "bucket list."  So, it is not hard to imagine that that was one of the early outings we made when we moved to Delaware.  We have been three times and have been planning for this year's blossoms but because of Bill's surgery last week we will not make the visit this year.  We could go next week but they will have peaked by then.  We will go over later in the month and see the azaleas at the National Arboretum.  There are so many beautiful sites to see and many, like the cherry blossoms and the azaleas are to viewed over and over.  I have gotten to where I anticipate them like Christmas or the first crocus of springtime.

We are not going to the Tidal Basin this year to see the blossoms so I thought I would show a photo from each of the last three years.  The top picture was taken March 30, 2009.  It was a gray and rainy day but there were periodic rays of sunshine and the blossoms were still beautiful.  That trip was about three days prior to the peak.  (Note:  Each of the links for the last three years is but one of multiple postings for each trip.)

The next picture was on March 31, 2008.  It started out as an overcast day and was it ever cold.  That was a good thing because the blossoms were very close to peak then. 

The last photo was taken on April 2, 2007.  It was our first viewing of the cherry blossoms.  I was awe-struck by the beauty.  It wa also a perfect spring day.  Not only were blossoms beautiful but people were beautiful -- friendly, courteous and appreciative. 

Yes, I will miss the blossoms in person this year.  You can be sure we will be there next year.  In the meantime, I will be checking webcams and other postings to this year's version.


Susan Lowman-Thomas said...

These photos are stellar...amazing. Thank you!

Alexandra said...

Thinking of you guys and hoping all is well. I bet the blossoms will be much better next year when you CAN make it out here!