Underneath The Sakura

Every year, the blooming of over 3,000 Cherry Trees (Sakura) would signal Washington, DC’s rite of spring, and this is one event I would not want to miss as long as I live in this area. During the peak of their bloom, I was battling a cold and a nagging cough. But still, Nettles and I woke up at 6 a.m. to make the early ride to the nation's capital.

In between sniffles and sneezes, I packed my cameras, batteries and a few snacks. Since I wasn't feeling well and didn't get enough sleep the night before, we decided to drive and brave the capital's crazy traffic and roadways. As soon as we crossed into DC, I was speechless seeing all the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. The Cherry trees were in full spring attire just like performers poised to perform; their elegant flowers swayed gracefully with the chilly morning breeze and posed with the gentle sunrise. The nation's capital is stunningly cloaked with the pale pink and white Cherry Blossoms once again.

The Washington Monument overlooks the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

You and I underneath the Sakura

A single beautiful bloom.

One of the Yoshino Trees at the Tidal Basin.

Walking underneath a cloud of flowers felt magical and fairytale like.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin.

The Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin maybe long gone when this article is published, but their beauty, although short lived, will be written and talked about for a long time - that is, until they bloom again next year. I will be waiting and I look forward to walk underneath the Cherry Blossoms again.

► About the Author:
Kayni is an OFW based in Washington DC. A historian, a freelance writer, a globe trotter, a photography enthusiast, a Hello Kitty fan and a certified coffeeholic and chocoholic.

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