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.
"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.