Last year, we took our kids to see the cherry blossoms. It was the first time we’d taken them since they were toddlers (I have an aversion to tourist bus convoys). But the scene was magical—the canopy of trees with their lacy intertwined branches set in relief against the blue sky, and the soft petals falling like snowflakes in the breeze. We all walked around in wonder. We were as smitten as—dare I say it—tourists. I took lots of pictures, including many requisite “postcard” shots. But this one, taken at high tide, is my favorite.
This year, it is impossible to see the cherry blossoms without thinking of the people of Japan. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which begins this weekend, has organized a Stand With Japan fundraising walk on Thursday, March 24. Donations will go to the American Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Even if you can’t join the walk, please consider making a contribution by clicking on the link above. Thank you.