DC is rightfully famous for our very special flowering cherry trees, “as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan.” The world renowned collection bordering the Tidal Basin is packed with tourists every year in early spring. Check out the live webcam here.

And for me, it’s often the first plein aire painting session of the year. This year I was eager and organized by March 15, about the earliest we ever see them bloom. And, since I have an enthusiastic student who loves painting from the landscape, I was really ready to get out there. But the trees were not cooperating!

March 31st near the Capitol: usually warm and blooming by now
April 5: not blooming yet!!

That’s what they’re supposed to do, but for weeks the have clung to their tight little buds, shivering in the long cold spring.

But FINALLY! We achieved blossoms and the pink clouds opened up, and the people and the bees were overjoyed.


And we made art.

young artist at work
Neil’s painting
Patrise’s painting

4 thoughts on “Stubborn Cherry Blossoms

  1. Gorgeous! You’re both so lucky to be working together! Here’s my Cherry Blossom Art: Haiku:

    Tight against the cold,
    Reluctant buds, sensing warmth,
    Let loose clouds of pink.

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