2012: The Year of the Cherry Blossom
It’s no secret we are sick of winter and ready for warmer weather to resuscitate plants and flowers and bring color back into our lives. I went to the post office this morning to send out a papercut order and I stopped in my tracks at the sight of a new stamp coming out on March 24th. The wide scale, the light colors, the marrying of cultures…the promise of spring!
Now, I don’t know anything about stamps, I’ve been to Washington D.C. once, and I’m no history buff. What I do know is that cherry blossoms are incredibly beautiful and I have always wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.. It turns out that this year marks 100 years since D.C. received the lovely gift of 3,000 Cherry Blossom Trees from Japan. Today, over 700,000 people visit Washington D.C. every spring to see the short yet incredible lifespan of the blooms.
The festival runs from March 20th – April 27th to showcase the full spectrum of the blossoms. Of course, many people take this all very seriously, so you can learn more about when the blooms are in peak and if you can’t make it to D.C., live vicariously through the Cherry Blossom Webcam.
Odds are, I will be among those living vicariously so I found some products and images to refer back to until those crocuses pop their heads and the mittens can be put away. Cherry Blossoms really lend themselves to soft, peaceful photography and lighthearted home decor. Aren’t they beautiful?