Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 2017
These are cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. photographed on March 13, 2017. In the morning I read on the news that a snow storm, Stella, was approaching the northeast coast of the United States and the cold spell could possibly damage the cherry blossoms. I was worried that many cherry blossoms may not bloom this year. I also learned that some have already bloomed, so I decided on a whim to explore a bit around Tidal Basin to check them out with my son. Since my son who is pre-school age is homeschooled this year (this is a whole another topic), it allowed me to do something spontaneous like this.
When I approached Tidal Basin, I could tell that it was way before the peak bloom. However, I did see some that have bloomed. These are one of the few cherry blossom trees that have already bloomed. Please don’t be deceived by my photos as many of the trees did not look like the ones in the photos here. Maybe you can tell by looking at the photos of Tidal Basin. I still enjoyed some trees that had beautiful cherry blossoms. Since I missed cherry blossoms in the past 7 years for having lived in countries where you cannot view cherry blossoms, this was enough to make me satisfied.
Last time I lived in D.C., I took my daughters who were little at the time with me to see cherry blossoms and I had a flashback of fond memories spending time with them when I visited the site. How time flies! My daughters are so much older now. I went to see cherry blossoms in 2010 when the cherry blossoms were at full bloom. When you see the photos of the cherry blossoms I took back in 2010 (links below), you can tell how different the area looked when they really bloomed. Light pink petals of cherry blossoms looked like snow on trees. The view was marvelous.
Here are my three blog posts on the cherry blossoms dated back in 2011 and 2010.