Sunday, April 01, 2012

April 2012 Travel Photo: Cherry Blossoms of Washington D.C.

The Cherry Blossom Trees of Washington DC's tidal basin bloom only for one week in the early spring.  The blooming event has turned into a huge tourist/local celebration for Washington.

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The cherry blossom trees were a gift of friendship from the government of Imperial Japan to the people of the United States in 1912.  However, few know that National Geographic's writer Eliza Scidmore, who's duties brought her to Japan, was instrumental in pushing for cherry blossom trees to be planted near the tidal basin due to the beautiful water reflections they cast.

Today cherry blossom trees are found throughout the United States, as well as Japan of course, and continue to symbolize the start of spring for many.

"The Most Beautiful Tree in Japan" from the July 1914 edition of National Geographic shows National Geographic's early use of colored-in photographs and is one of the magazine's many ties with Japanese cherry blossom trees.

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