Monday, April 14, 2014

DC Cherry Blossoms and the MLK Memorial

On Saturday we decided to brave the crowds and take in the beautiful cherry blossoms that were blooming along Tidal Basin in DC. We had not been down that way for the blooms in a couple of years, and since the weekend had brought with it such beautiful weather, it seemed like a fun enough way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

The blooms were beautiful as they are each year, and walking amongst these old trees makes you feel as though you're in a winter wonderland of petals instead of snow. It's hard not to sigh a few times here and there as you take in the beauty.

At the end of our walk around Tidal Basin we paused for a bit to take in the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. We had not had a chance to visit the relatively new memorial since it was installed.

While reading some of his most famous quotes, that had been engraved on the memorial, I thought of how powerful his words are still today. So many of the quotes deal with us understanding each other and placing the importance of all of humanity above anything else. And here we were, amongst the beautiful cherry blossoms with thousands of others from all over the world, and at that moment none of the strife, or conflict, or inequality that exists in the world mattered. We were all there together just to take in beauty-- and there was nothing complicated about that.


  1. Paige @ Little NostalgiaApril 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    How beautiful! I think DC is a gorgeous city anyway, but the cherry blossoms really put it over the top. I was there once when the cherry blossoms just started to bloom, but it was the end of my trip and we weren't doing any monuments that day. Womp, womp!

  2. I missed the cherry blossoms when I went to DC (a long time ago). These pictures makes we want to return; just beautiful!

  3. I think I told you we went last weekend too, but we were there on Sunday. Too bad we missed you...not that we would've been able to find you in the crowd anyway! So many people, right?! I took some photos too but haven't had time to edit them yet. I'll try to post tomorrow or Thursday. I can't believe we are supposed to get snow tonight!!!

  4. Yes! I've been meaning to respond to your email because, like you, I noticed people having their wedding photos taken on Saturday! The wedding parties were holding back the crowds. I couldn't imagine dealing with that kind of crowd for wedding photos.

    It was super crazy Saturday, but we just decided to take our time and not worry about it all, so it was still very relaxing. Looking forward to seeing your photos! And yes, let's hope there's no snow...gah!

  5. Aww, that's too bad that you missed out! Hopefully you'll get a chance to see them sometime in the future. They really are quite worth it. Even if you don't see the main event, there are so many blooms in this area at this time of year that just traveling in this area in the spring is worth it.

  6. beautiful shots!! I really need to take a ride back to that area. I still haven't seen the MLK memorial.

  7. The blooms are beautiful. I would love to get out that way and see them in person sometime. You did a great job framing the Washington Monument with the blooms. That's cool that you were able to visit the MLK memorial, too.


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