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The Washington Monument is reflected as a couple walk hand-in-hand beneath cherry trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington on April 8, 2013. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, with peak bloom occurring early this week.
From the National Cherry Blossom Festival website:
The beautiful and delicate cherry blossoms cultivated in the National Mall and Memorial Parks have inspired generations of viewers since 1912. A gift from Japan, the flowering trees symbolize friendship between nations, the renewal of spring, and the ephemeral nature of life.