Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

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Late bloomers

Pedestrians stroll underneath blooming cherry blossoms on April 8 along the edge of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Peak bloom was originally predicted between March 26-30, but due to a colder than normal start to spring, the prediction was pushed up to April 6-10.

The famous cherry trees were given as a gift to the nation's capital on March 27, 1912 by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in hopes of enhancing the relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Sunset over Washington's late peaking cherry blossoms [Photo]
A colder than normal March delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season in the nation's capital.