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What makes cherry blossom time an artfest?

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It is true that thousands of people on foot and many more in cars make the annual blossom festival at the Tidal Basin a crowded affair, with people trampling all over everything. However, there are some good times to visit, and lots to see while there. What makes it and artistic experience includes photographing, painting, and experiencing humanity in all of its various presentations. Last evening, the clouds posed a possible threat as it looked like rain. But, aside from some wind gusts, nothing happened until well after sunset when the sprinkles arrived. But, the threat may have dampened some of the crowd.

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The White House apparently had an event during which patrons were ferried by presidential helicopter to the tidal basin and back. Presidential helicopters add to the festive atmosphere, I guess. There are tourists from everywhere, taking pictures. We helped some by taking their pictures with their cameras. Some pictures of people taking pictures of beautiful people will be used as references for making paintings later. Yet, experience proves that it is hard to beat the camera for capturing natural splendor such as this.

The blossoms are at their peak. A rainstorm will wipe the trees of their delicate blossoms before the next round of spring development.

From Washington DC, and the Tidal Basin, 2014.