We got up early yesterday to go and walk around the Tidal Basin. Gates at the Inlet Bridge allow the basin to fill with water from the Potomac River at high tide and then at low tide the water empties through the Outlet Bridge. This tidal driven action is what gives the basin its name. Around the Basin is a path lined with cherry blossom trees. This circular path is 2.1 miles long. The blooming of the cherry trees basically opens the tourist season in DC and they estimate that nearly 1 million people go to see the trees in bloom.
The cherry trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. 3,020 cherry trees arrived in DC on March 26th 1912. On March 27th the first two trees were planted by Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the then Japanese Ambassador, Viscountess Chinda. Between 1913 and 1920 workmen continued planting the trees around the Tidal Basin.
Wanting to beat the crowds we left home before 7am and got down to the Basin a little later than we would've hoped – due to the metro not opening until 7 and then having a 15 minute wait for the first train.- how pathetic is that! It was windy and the air was filled with pollen and blossoms and the path was already fairly crowded:
We walked in the anti-clockwise direction - that way I would not be accidentally pushed into the dirty water..
The Jefferson Memorial can be seen along the way:
The Washington Monument stands majestically:
By the time we had walked around the basin, the wind had increased so that there were almost waves on the water:
It was actually quite difficult to get any good macro shots – combination of no tripod and wind - luckily I had a spare hand to hold some blossoms still:
More tomorrow …..