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  • Thursday, March 30, 2006

    Peak pink power!

    Today is the official "peak" of the cherry blossoms here in DC. "Peak" means that 70% of the blooms are bursting.

    Flower watch is an annual ritual here in DC, and this year we managed to time the festival with the actual bursting of the blossoms. In past years, we've missed completely (kinda sad to have a cherry blossom festival without cherry blossoms, eh?). In celebration, I wore a hot pink sweater and a jacket with pink and orange flowers all over it (yes, it's loud and no, there's no way I'll get hit by a car because you can see me a mile away).

    The good news is that the peak is supposed to continue through the weekend. The bad news is that the upcoming weekend is the shortest of the year. We lose an hour when the clocks change.

    So that means -- take the time to view the trees! The flowers really are quite spectacular, especially since the magnolias tend to bloom at the same time.

    Pink power!

    UPDATE: Seriously, check them out here
    Painter Margaret Huddy of Alexandria depicts the Jefferson Memorial and the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. (Arianne Starnes/washingtonpost.com)

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