A Perfect Moment in Spring
Washington, D.C. is perfectly beautiful right now. The famous cherry trees get all the attention in late March and early April, but this period right now -- after the cherry blossoms have faded -- is actually my favorite moment of a D.C. spring.
Within the past two weeks or so, the leaves on the trees have "popped" and everything is cast in a vibrant shade of new baby green. The dogwoods -- pink and white -- are in full bloom, along with the azaleas ranging in color from pale pink to deep red to brilliant fuschia. It looks as if people's yards are dressed with sugar-coated trees, puffs of cotton candy, and gumdrop tulips -- like gingerbread houses remodeled for a new season. Mix this with an occasional waft of lilac in the air. It is just simply beautiful.