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People from the Planet of No Nature

Seen at the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Bill Chappell/NPR hide caption

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It's finally spring — and that means flowers. And they, in turn, often mean big events, like Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival. I was walking around there a week or two ago, when I saw all these people hunched over in one area, snapping pictures like crazy.

It wasn't an animal, or art. It was some recently bloomed flowers. Talk about "Glad to see ya, springtime!"

I had to wonder what my mom, or especially my grandmother, would have thought if she looked out her window and saw a dozen people trampling the yard to get a picture of her flower bed.

Have to say, I'm glad people like nature — flowers and fresh air are great. But I wish it weren't necessary to crowd around it like it's something from outer space.