CLASSIC PICTURES CAPTURE FLEETING BEAUTY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Shipped from Japan to the United States in 1912, D.C.’s cherry blossoms have become an iconic signal of spring. (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/1LKu4eh)
  1. Splendor in the Grass
    A woman rests among the cherry blossoms on the south side of the Tidal Basin in an undated photo. (Photo by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic)
  2. Pretty in Pink
    Girls pose behind cherry blossoms in Japan around 1918. The photo was taken by Eliza Scidmore, the first person to suggest planting these trees in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Eliza R. Scidmore, National Geographic)
  3. Among the Trees
    A woman picks at cherry blossoms in a photo from a 1922 National Geographic article, titled “Some Aspects of Rural Japan.” (Photo by Kiyoshi Sakamoto, National Geographic)
  4. In Full Bloom
    A woman closes her eyes and touches a blossom as if in prayer on the north side of the Tidal Basin in an undated photo. (Photo by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic)
  5. Horse and Carriage
    A woman tours D.C.’s cherry blossoms in the 1920s. (Photo by Orren R. Louden, National Geographic)
  6. Under the Trees
    Children sit beneath the Tidal Basin’s blossoms in this undated photo. (Photo by Orren R. Louden, National Geographic)
  7. Artistic Inspiration
    A man paints cherry blossoms in a photo from a 1935 National Geographic article titled, “Wonders of the New Washington,” which said that thousands of visitors flocked to the city each spring for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photo by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic)
  8. From Across the Pacific
    Actresses in Japanese dress pose by D.C.’s Japanese cherry trees. (Photo by Orren R. Louden, National Geographic)