In Washington DC, Spring Means Cherry Blossoms!
Spring in Washington, DC can only mean one thing: cherry blossoms!
Even though I’ve lived in the DC area for almost 6 years, I still get excited every time the cherry blossoms hit peak bloom at the Tidal Basin. This year I made a special trip after work to see the cherry blossoms.
Spring Cherry Blossoms
Even though it snowed only a few weeks before the cherry blossoms were ready to bloom, this year did not disappoint. The sea of pink outlining the Tidal Basin, Washington Monument, and Jefferson Memorial should be on everyone’s bucket list! Brave the crowds, it’s worth your time.
Mother Nature’s Didn’t Scare Away Spring
This year was a year of uncertainty. An unusually warm winter gave hope that the cherry blossoms would be more magnificent than other years. The temperature during the weeks leading up to what is now peak bloom was in the 60’s. The warm temperature set the trees to start blooming weeks before they were normally anticipated to bloom. Then a cold front hit the region.
Trees were already blooming and then it snowed. No one was sure if the blooms would survive the cold front. Crisis, it seemed, was about to set in according to the news! The local news and radio stations reported on the cherry blossom crisis as if a disaster had struck.
Luckily, the trees pulled through. Even though the cherry trees had several dead, brown buds interlaced with the pink blossoms, it was just as beautiful as in years past.
Tidal Basin at Sunset
Having been to the Tidal Basin during sunrise and mid-day, it was time to check them out during sunset. The crowds were still large, but it was easy to make my way around, hunting for the vantage point to get the perfect picture. I try to find a new spot every time I visit, otherwise, you’re left with the same photos year after year.
Hopefully, you’re able to make a trip to Washington, DC in the springtime and see the trees in person. If not, enjoy some of my shots below!
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