Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival begins today, and any naughty children attending will be disciplined by huge, frightening Paddles the Beaver. The man-sized mascot is new, inspired by the Potomac beavers who felled several of DC’s cherry trees back in 1999.
Image and haiku by Mike Licht, based on a classic Japanese ukiyo-e print. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license. Credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
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