Where does time go? It seems like only yesterday I updated Journey Photographic… in my defense, the last year has been a blur of major work deadlines, combined with an international move, so it’s been rather busy! The good news is that regular posting has resumed, and I’ve got quite a build-up of pictures I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone!
This picture was taken at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, an annual festival to celebrate the blooming of the Japanese Cherry trees that line the banks of the Tidal Basin. The original trees were a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington DC in 1912. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbour, four of the trees were chopped down by vandals. In the hopes of preventing further attacks, they were referred to as ‘Oriental’ cherry trees for the remainder of the war – I’m not sure how this was supposed to fool anyone, but I guess it worked, as the trees (and their descendants) survived the war without further attacks.