Morning at the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

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.

Sunrise at Jefferson

Too Early for Paddleboats

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.

Just After Sunrise

Blossoms in the Early Morning

Family Portrait

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?

Blossoms with Castle in Background

Jefferson Memorial

A Brighter Pink Cherry Blossom

Blossoms and People

Blossoms Close Up 2

Branches

Some of the trees are quite old, and beautifully twisted.

Old Tree

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.

Tidal Basin with Cherry Blossoms

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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