This morning at sunrise was the perfect time to start my annual obsession with the cherry trees ringing the Tidal Basin. The ice and snow of this cold winter created a serene backdrop for the wild profusion of budding branches that herald the arrival of spring. An exquisite moment of beauty in transformation.
We often forget that the seasons overlap and tangle with each other. According to ancient Celtic tradition, the true beginning of each season comes with the cross-quarter day, the midpoint between the solstice and the equinox.