Issa–“Under the cherry blossoms,
Thousands of people are perambulating the Tidal Basin, all gathered for one auspicious event, the blossoming of the cherries. This year the date was forecast by the National Park Service arborists as March 25, 2016 as the peak date for the blossoming in Washington, D.C. The flowers don’t last but for a few days so it is of utmost importance to view them as close to peak as possible. The peak bloom day is when roughly 70% of the flowers will be open. The flowers begin white and gradually turn pink. Sometimes three days later the blossoms will begin to fall and cover the ground beneath as if with a delicate-petaled snowfall…the trees making way for their budding green leaves.
People ooh and ah, pointing and smiling at nature’s extravagance. Festivities include art showings, picnics, and some hire professional photographers to have engagement photos taken, family or portrait photos done with the cherry blossoms. There’s a feeling of camaraderie and joy in the air and reverence too as some of the trees are over a century old.
new beginnings spring
heralded by pink flowers
soft breeze petals fall
Toni hosts our haibun Monday today at dVerse. Our topic is cherry blossoms and spring.