Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sakura Festival

My dear friend from my BYU days took the China town bus from Philadelphia to D.C. to meet us for the Cherry Blossom Festival. A day forecast to rain, actually turned out to be perfect! The blossoms awakened such an excitement in me. They were so beautiful. I was transported to Japan where I have witnessed 3 seasons of blooming Sakura trees. The crowds were many but it was still enjoyable. It was good to see such a dear friend again.

(I had my camera accidentally set on "nighttime" setting the whole time so my pictures have kind of an over-exposed look. But I like this picture.) This Japanese lantern is over 300 years old.

Trying to capture the "overflowing" blossoms of this group of branches.

Fun with the duckies. And a little close to the edge for comfort...

My friend, Jackie.


"There you go, duckies" I'm surprised that more things (or even people!) don't fall off the edge. There was not one rail around the whole Tidal Basin. It was a bit unnerving.

That's a nice shot of you, Jackie.

Charlie had a very patriotic day.

This is a quote found on the wall at the new WWII memorial. It was a really neat place.

This picture pretty much sums up the great day we had. Thanks Jackie!


Mad Hadder said...

How do you know hundreds of people HAVEN'T fallen off the edge??? They could have been drug under the undertow and never heard of again! I LOVED your pictures! Charlie is such a lucky guy!! It took me about 25 years to get to D.C.! That one shot looked like Charlie wanted to march with the soldiers! Sakura Festival food?? Jackie looks so fun. How come we've never met??? Get on that, Shell!

Jackie said...

Someone wants to meet me?!? I feel so loved.

Thank you so so much for spending the whole day with me in DC!! it was such a beautiful day spent with even better company.

I did catch up with three of the sessions (though does it count if you fall asleep for part of one), and I thought some of the talks were just what I needed to hear. What'd you think?

Huckaby Family said...

I am so jealous we still have several feet of snow on the ground. Enjoy some sunshine for us. Rachel

Rob and Tonya Shallenberger said...

We were there 3 years ago. What a neat place! Robbie found the fountains and water very fun to play in. Did I already tell you that I want to name our next boy (if we get one) "Charlie". :)

Chrissy said...

How fun and beautiful! We miss you- our best neighbors ever!

meredith.campbell said...

Hi Shelly! I love your pictures. Charlie is adorable! We're moving to Philadelphia in the fall, so we'll have to join you for the cherry blossom festival some time as well!