The Gift of Trees to Washington, DC

02 Apr

Sakura and Washington Monument

Japan gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the friendship between the two countries.  These trees have survived the test of time in North America and many of them now line the shore of the Tidal Basin area in Washington, D.C.. In 2012, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 100th anniversary of the Gift of Trees.

Annual flower viewing of Sakura (さくら) or cherry blossom is an old tradition in Japan. The sakura bloom in early spring and usually last only a few days, therefore the timing to view the blossoming is highly critical. Due to Global Warming, the ideal viewing dates have become earlier and less predictable. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides flowering forecasts based on the Arrhenius equation.

DTS = exp ((9.5times10^3).(frac{T - 288.2}{288.2T})),
where T is the mean day temperature in degrees Kevin, and DTS represents the number of days transformed to standard temperature.
Armed with the above handy formula, I was able to be capture the sakura near full bloom at the Centennial celebration. 
Follow this link to view a photo slideshow of the cherry blossoms …For best results, set image quality to 720p HD.

Jefferson Memorial

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in D.C., USA, Washington


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