DC Cherry Blossoms in 2021
It seems increasingly likely that DC will still be under COVID-19 restrictions in spring 2021 while the cherry blossoms are blooming. So it's shaping up to be a good year to follow along from afar from the safety and comfort of your home.
They’re mostly done now. There are still a late stragglers scattered about, but you have to go looking for them now. Most of the trees have lost most or all of their flowers and are in an in-between stage where they’re no longer flowering but haven’t yet leafed out.
The storms didn’t materialize yesterday, the showers didn’t amount to much, and the wind was mostly a stiff breeze, but it was still enough to knock many of the remaining petals off with the flowers in such a fragile state.
It’s raining this morning, but it’s not pouring. And it has so far been still.
But that’s likely to change. Yesterday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Watch for the area for tonight through Sunday morning. The threshold for that is gusts reaching 60mph and/or sustained wind of at least 40mph. That’s going to blow nearly all of the remaining petals off. There won’t be much left to see tomorrow.
For today, if you head down to the Tidal Basin, your best bet for finding trees with flowers still on them is around the MLK Memorial, especially just back from the water’s edge. There are several trees, many of them smaller ones, that are still flowering. But they might not last through tonight’s wind.
There are also some other flowering trees nearly the FDR Memorial on West Basin Drive–they’re not cherry blossoms, but they’re looking very pretty and are a good option if you’re looking for photos next to flowers, especially because they’re low to the ground.
The Kwanzans aren’t flowering yet; here are some photos of them from yesterday.
Now that the Yoshinos are pretty much done for 2016, I’ll be posting updates much less regularly. I’ll be keeping an eye on the Kwanzans from time to time (and posting some updates), but it won’t be daily. So if those are of interest, please be sure to check back over the next week or so. And I’ll post a wrap-up in the next few days with some of my favorite photos from this year.
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Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Road Closures
If you’re heading anywhere near the Tidal Basin tomorrow morning (Sunday) you’ll have to contend with road closures for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.
The Tidal Basin remains open to pedestrian traffic and you can still access it even during the race. But you might have to cross roads dodging swarms of oncoming runners, so please exercise caution.
You won’t be able to park along Ohio Drive or around East Potomac Park during the morning.
You can find the road closure maps here. Most of the road closures are in effect from 5am to 10:30am.
Ohio Drive Special Traffic Restrictions
The special traffic restrictions that make Ohio Drive one-way are still in effect but are scheduled to end after tomorrow (April 3).
Photos from this Morning
Other Flower Trees Nearby
There are other varieties of cherry trees that are still flowering, although there are much fewer of those trees.
There are also other flowering trees. These particular ones, which aren’t cherries (at least, that’s my understanding), are near the FDR Memorial, along both sides of West Basin Drive.
At this time of year, there are beautiful flowers to be had all over the place. Maybe in your backyard. Maybe in the local park.
These are ere are some of my favorite books that I've reviewed on taking photos of flowers:
- Timber Press OR
- Detrick, Alan L. (Author)