With the Jefferson Memorial in the distance, pink and white cherry blossoms make an earlier than expected  appearance along the Tidal Basin 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, pink and white cherry blossoms make an earlier than expected appearance along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)