The party started early this year. It’s the centennial celebration of the cherry blossoms, and everyone’s invited.
Many of the cherry trees now bursting with pink around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., have been there for a century. Talk about some inspiring longevity! What started as a simple gift of 3,000 trees from the city of Tokyo has blossomed into a five-week extravaganza that’s become something of a national celebration of spring.
So we decided to wander through the crowds to get a better look at these blossoming glories — and the million or so folks who flock to the nation’s capital every year to see them. -John Rose and Doriane Raiman