We’ve taken the kids to see the famous D.C. cherry blossoms a few times over the years, but this year I really wanted to see the blooms at sunrise, during peak bloom. I’d been reading bloom watch updates for weeks, hoping that the blossoms wouldn’t get nipped by a late frost or battered by wind and rain before we could make it.
With the peak predicted to begin on Saturday, I prepped breakfast to eat in the car, dragged everyone out of their warm beds long before dawn, and drove downtown.
It turned out to be a rather subdued sunrise, but still beautiful at the Tidal Basin in the early morning, when the light was clear and the crowds weren’t too thick.
It was also very cold that morning, much colder than we expected. Next time we need to remember how windy it tends to be at the Tidal Basin and dress accordingly.
But still, it was worth it, wouldn’t you say?
Some of the trees are quite old, and beautifully twisted.
I know it’s crowded and crazy trying to get downtown when there are plenty of cherry trees blooming in our own neighborhood, but they’re just so beautiful, and attending the festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of spring, I think.