Friday, April 8, 2011

Low Hanging Blossoms

The branches of the Cherry Blossom trees on the Potomac River side of the Tidal Basin area hang much lower than the ones around the actual Basin. Since this area receives less pedestrian traffic, the branches are rarely pruned back during the off season and hang over sidewalks and the river water.

Have you ever noticed how some flowers grow towards sunlight? Well, the Cherry Blossoms seem to grow toward water. I've always thought it strange how the branches appear to be willing itself to touch the surface of the Tidal Basin or river water. National Park rangers may contend that the branches appear that way because of the heavy weight of the blossoms, but I believe the stillness of the water below them is what is really the attraction.

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