Cherry Blossoms: Not Just at the Tidal Basin

Springtime in DC is pretty much synonymous with cherry blossom season, and with the bajillion tourists and locals alike who pack the sidewalks around the tidal basin to take in the beauty of the trees and monuments together. It’s been a few years since I’ve done the whole shebang – my general dislike of crowds and massive allergic response keep me from going annually – so it’s on my list for next week. I’m thinking I’ll give it a go on Thursday, when I am killing time between the Nationals home opener and the Caps game that night. In the meantime, however, the blossoms are busting out all over town. (Yes, while the tidal basin gets all the glory, there are assorted varieties of cherry trees all over town, which is usually how I get my cherry blossom fix.) Here is a sampling from this morning’s commute:

Cherry blossoms in my front yard.
Cherry blossoms in my front yard.
More cherry blossoms on my daily commute.
More cherry blossoms on my daily commute.
And yet more cherry blossoms - with my office in the background.
And yet more cherry blossoms - with my office in the background.

By the way… lest you’re jealous of DC’s springy awesomeness, do be aware that it’s supposed to snow on Sunday. Which, of course, means that Thursday’s trip to the Tidal Basin might be for naught, if the flowers have all frozen.

4 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms: Not Just at the Tidal Basin

  1. Common Loon March 25, 2011 / 6:58 pm

    I guess the last lines were for me & Mom? Thank you so much for sharing these pictures! Do wish I was there to take it in myself, or to drag you with me to see it before the potential freeze (I’d bribe you with refreshments, and check to make sure you had taken any allergy meds that offered even token relief). I like that the pedestrain is not wearing a coat or mitts, that the cars look clean (or at least don’t have snow packs in the wheel wells), and you can see the stree markings.

  2. Mom March 26, 2011 / 4:59 am

    Loon rather summed it up. The pictures are gorgeous! Our trees barely have nubs for buds and there is still snow frozen in the branches from Monday’s blast of “spring” despite two days of sunshine (hard to melt with temps in the 20s)!! Soooo, the message here is take those allergy meds and GO and bask in the beauty 🙂

  3. Joanne March 28, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Dude, Sarah, you didn’t share that your hazy childhood memories post made the DCBlog round up. Is it geeky of me to think its cool?

  4. Shannon March 29, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    I have a rather nice picture of you and me under the blossoms back in um…2003 maybe? It was a cold but pretty cherry blossom day. Wish I could be down there again…

    Our crab apple trees blossom nicely too. I should get some pics of them in full bloom which is usually around late April early May but with the wonky cold weather we are having, who knows when!

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