With the Jefferson Memorial in the distance across the water, a woman runs along the Tidal Basin, passing under low hanging branches as the cherry blossoms make an early arrival in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ROD LAMKEY JR

With the Jefferson Memorial in the distance across the water, a woman runs along the Tidal Basin, passing under low hanging branches as the cherry blossoms make an early arrival in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)