On Washington’s waterfront, cherry trees are starting to show some color

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Observer photo by Andrew Knapp
A father and his son look into the Potomac River below after feeding bread to two mallard ducks. Most people who visited Washington’s waterfront during the warm weather this week were paying closer attention to other attractions.

Join the Observer’s first week of photographic coverage of the festival

by ANDREW KNAPP

Washington will celebrate the 95th National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 31-April 15. This week, before the start of the festival, warm weather brought Washingtonians and tourists out to stroll the National Mall and the waterfront where the trees are present. In week 1 of the Observer’s coverage, though not blossoming quite yet, the buds of the cherry trees are showing early signs of pinks, grays and whites.

Watch closely for the Observer’s continuing coverage of the festival. For more information on the festival, visit the official Web site at www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.


Observer photo by Andrew Knapp
With the Jefferson Memorial in the background, the cherry trees begin to bud.


Observer photo by Andrew Knapp
A close-up view shows the budding progress of the cherry trees near the Potomac waterfront.


Observer photo by Andrew Knapp
Cherry trees around the Washington Monument will also attract viewers during the upcoming festival, along with the more popular riverside trees. On this day though, flying a kite seemed like a better idea.

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