Friday, April 10, 2020

A Sparkling River, a Slimy Rock, and a Bough-Thrashing Tree -OR- On the Pulse of This Very Fine and Very Windy Spring Day**

**With apologies to Maya Angelou (see below)

A river police speedboat tearing along the Potomac River on a windy, sunny, sparkling day, 2:47 p.m., April 9, 2020

I assume the "river police" here are just the U.S. Park Police.

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Yesterday (Thursday, April 10th), I walked a very circuitous route into the office -- taking about 100 minutes and at least 5 miles -- that took me down and along the Potomac River from the Watergate to the SW Waterfront (as I work at nearby L'Enfant Plaza).


As I walked along the Potomac River (and the roadways and sidewalks weren't closed as they were last week), I spent the time dodging Canada goose poop in the grass and thrashing willow and Kanzan cherry blossom branches, and opting not to walk on the slim-covered rocks at the river's edge, and trying to remember the opening lines of Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning" poem.


Post-cold frontal passage, it was a surging windy, bright spring day with air temperatures around 65°F but gradually falling with cold air advection despite the calendar day. Winds were gusting in the 40 to 50-mph range. The roiled river was sparkling in the sunshine. The world still appeared mostly deserted of people in this time of the COVID-19 great lock down.

Picture of another river police speedboat along the sparkling Potomac (it was definitely not the same as the one in the lead image).

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The air was filled with springtime detritus of moving things -- bits of blossom petals (especially the past-peak Kanzan), opening bud parts, grass, dust, pollen, and whatnot, the wind having dried things despite the earlier bouts of rain showers.


Regarding the above picture, the slightly off-white blossoms on this stunted little tree to me resembled, at least a bit, those of the Yoshino. However, the Yoshinos came and went 2 to 3 weeks ago -- and instead the Kanzan are just past peak.

--Regulus

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