Peak Bloom Reached on March 28
The National Park Service has restricted traffic and parking around the Tidal Basin and added fences around the perimeter. There is pedestrian access for now, but they've said they're prepared to close the area entirely if it gets too crowded.
You can find the most recent photos from the Tidal Basin here.
It’s cold for April, more like winter than spring. We even had some light snow flurries last evening in some areas. Over the past few days, we’ve had rain, wind, and a brief return of cool temperatures. So how have the blossoms held up?
Very well, overall. They’re past their prime now, some petals are coming off, and the occasional branch is leafing out, but the cherry blossoms are still looking beautiful. Each day they get a little more fragile and vulnerable to wind and rain. There’ll be more petals on the trees today than tomorrow. And more tomorrow than Sunday. And so on. But for now, you really have to look up close to see the change. From a distance, they’re still looking wonderful.
So far, the National Park Service hasn’t had to close off the area, but they remain ready to do so if it gets too crowded over the weekend. Today marks the beginning of the original NPS peak bloom forecast window, and I’ve heard from many readers who have planned a visit to the Tidal Basin around this weekend.
If you’ve been lucky enough to make it along to the Tidal Basin in person this year and have some photos you’d like to share, please see the section towards the bottom of this page on how to submit them to the Reader Photos, 2021 Edition.
UPDATE: The Kenwood neighborhood, a popular alternative to the Tidal Basin, has announced plans to restrict traffic this weekend. You can find more details here.
First, though, here are some photos from this morning to give a sense of how the cherry blossoms are looking today.
Submit Your Best Shots to the Reader Photos 2021!
As in past years, I'll be featuring a selection of Cherry Blossom Watch reader photos. You can see some examples from previous years here.
This year, far fewer people than normal have had the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms in person. So if you were among the lucky few and have some favorite photos that you took that you'd like to share with those who haven't been able to make it--and with those who could, for that matter--please consider submitting one or two of your favorites.
If you'd like to submit your photo of DC's cherry blossoms in 2021, please use the upload box below.
First, a few ground rules:
- A maximum of 2 photos, please. And only photos you own the copyright to. Please don't submit someone else's photos.
- If you're submitting a portrait shot, please make sure the subject is ok with you sharing the photo here.
- Only of DC's cherry blossoms, please. And only ones shot this year (2021).
- Must be JPGs, preferably at least 1400px wide.
- By uploading your photos you're giving me permission to post them on CherryBlossomWatch.com. You retain all copyright, and I add a copyright notice in the caption to each photo.
- Please include your full name in the field on the submission form. This is used for the copyright notice.
- If you want to add a watermark, you're welcome to. I don't plan to add separate watermarks.
- I can't include every photo for the simple reason that there are too many!
- It's not a competition and there is no prize or compensation aside from the satisfaction of brightening our day with your beautiful photos.