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Blooming and Damaged Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument
Peak bloom cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin, March 2017

March 2017 was the first time in DC in 33 years that was warmer than February. To me, it was a rare chance to see damaged cherry blossoms.

I thought I would dodge the cold weather this winter. When I landed in the city, it was snowing just a tiny bit. That was pretty much about it in February. Until March a snow storm hit the northeast mid March. Unlike last year, DC was far south of the storm centre.

Even so, the warm weather in February triggered some of the flowers to bud. Those whom was tricked got damaged. Magnolia, for instance, was the first to come out and went brown in the cold snap.

That included almost half of the cherry blossoms. However, some late bloomers caught up to fill in.

Apparently, I went to Tidal Basin, exactly the same date as last year. It gave a good comparison to this year’s visitors.

The crowd putting me off #WashingtonDC #spring #cherryblossoms can bear this fir only 5 mins

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It just shows how uncertainty life is.

Eight Months in DC on Instagram

In the early days in Washington DC, when people asked me “What do you think about DC?” I rolled my eyes and sighed because it was just too soon to tell plus the stress of the relocation. Now, with eight months of my job contract is over and I’m about to leave the city, I can look back and see what I can come up with. Photo is the usual visual diary to document I find in everyday life and Instagram is the usual channel for sharing it.

Here are some of the things I find in eight months living in Washington DC.

Beers…craft beers

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In a Blizzard

A view from my regular pub, Songbyrd
A view from my regular pub, Songbyrd

As a boy from tropic, I wasn’t really looking forward this Snowzilla, my first ever snow storm saga. But it turned out to be an interesting small adventure in D.C.

I was preparing to stay in the house until it ended. Especially, I tumbled on the slippery street on the first snowy night. That was a bad alarm. But when it actually came knocking on your door in the morning with the white landscape on the street, the smooth-looking  snow lured me out with the camera.

I decided to take the regular route from Mount Pleasant to Adams Morgan. The condition was tough with 30-cm snow and the freezing wind. Still, I wasn’t alone on the street.

However, the camera (it’s the office camera, for disclosure) wasn’t prepared for it. When the snow landed on it, it turned into the liquid form. And that could be the big problem. My goal was to get to the destination, get a lunch, and grab some drinks at the regular pubs.

Funny enough,  pubs were open as usual and I had too much to drink as usual.