Spring has sprung in Washington DC as the city's cheery blossom trees are in full bloom.
The iconic white and pink buds draw crowds of onlookers to the Tidal Basin, a man made reservoir lined with thousands of the trees.
While onlookers crowded the the sidewalks, and rented paddleboats to see the trees... this police officer and his trusty horse had a bit of an advantage.
SOUNDBITE (English) MARK SHUETE, U.S. PARK POLICE, SAYING:
"We always have a good view from up here on horseback. I'm lucky that Custer takes me around the tidal base. It is a beautiful day and everything is in full bloom here."
In 1912, the Japanese government gave Washington 3000 Yoshino cheery trees as a gift-- and each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates Japanese-American ties.
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April 9 - Washington DC is blooming with cherry blossoms. Julie Noce reports. ( Transcript )