DC Kite Festival

This past Saturday, as part of the DC Cherry Blossom Festival, they held a kite-flying festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument and on the National Mall. The day was perfect for kite flying, plenty of breezes in the morning, cool but not cold, with just enough puffy clouds in a crystal blue sky to make the kites stand out. I got some great photos of the kites and the flyers (there was as much color on the ground from people’s coats as there was in the sky) of all ages. I also managed to find a couple of early cherry blossoms, on three trees that just couldn’t wait to bloom. Most of the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin have yet to bloom, but they’re in the late stages of budding, so the coming weeks should have an explosion of petals!

Here are some of the photos, I’ll have them all on a photo page soon. Enjoy!

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Two girls in their Springtime finest!

Two girls in their Springtime finest!

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Sign: "Wings Over Washington Kite Club"

Wings Over Washington!

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handfull of cherry blossoms on a few branches

桜を見た! A few lonely little cherry blossoms peeking out of their buds early, getting the jump on their cousins (and getting a couple of early photographers, too!)

Cherry blossoms and branches against cloudless blue sky

THERE you are! Another tree with a few handfuls of cherry blossoms

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