Each spring, the Capital is awash in muted, rosy shades. Pastel petals cover the branches and pathways of the Tidal Basin, an inlet adjacent to the Potomac River. The flowers shroud views of the Jefferson Memorial and create quiet serenity in the walkways and surrounding parkland, their low-hanging boughs gently bending as though kissing their own reflections in the water. The promenades of East Potomac Park are lined with pale pink petal confetti, and the paths and grounds of the nearby Washington Monument appear as though covered in a faint dusting of ethereal snow. The beauty fills the entire city, simple blossoms spreading joy far and wide.