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.
The cherry blossoms are past their prime now, some trees have lost more petals than others, and green leaves are coming through. But there are still plenty of blossoms out, and they’re still looking lovely. If you look up close, you can see some are tinted pink now, although it doesn’t appear to be as dramatic overall as it is in some years. They’re also quite fragile now, and every breath of wind is creating more cherry blossom snow.
It’s a beautiful morning, calm and quiet. And plenty of sun.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms aren’t out just yet, but they’re not far away. I’ve included a few photos of them below.
And if you were lucky enough to make it to the Tidal Basin in person this year and have some photos you’d like to share with those who couldn’t make it, you can find the submission form for this year’s Reader Photos below. I’ll be posting a selection over the next few days.
Here are some photos of how it’s looking this morning.
Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are from a variety that blooms later than the more famous ones around the Tidal Basin. There are fewer of them, but they’re especially pretty, with deep pink, intricate flowers. There are several groves of them near the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, and Hains Point.
You can find more information about them here.
Here’s how they’re looking this morning. They’re not bloom yet, but they’re not far away from it.
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.