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.
After a cooler few days, we’re back into the unseasonably warm weather for the coming week. That’s going to speed things along.
The indicator tree is starting to flower. And the saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle are coming into full bloom. Photos of both from this morning are below.
How it Looks at the Tidal Basin this Morning
Not all of the cherry trees are on exactly the same schedule, as you can see pretty clearly int the photos below. In taking these shots, I’m trying to do a sampling of different trees from different places around the Tidal Basin. The hope is to give a fairly representative view of what you can expect to see if you were to head down to the Tidal Basin today.
This is a tree I typically track through the blooming process, trying to focus in on the same specific small section to be able to see the day-by-day progress.
This is a different variety and is separate from the indicator tree (on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin), but it reliably marches ahead of the other trees by several days.
It’s also a good illustration of how even just a few days can make a big difference.
The indicator tree is one on the south-eastern side of the Tidal Basin that is reliably a week or two ahead of the others. I have more information on it, including how to find it, here.
It’s starting to flower. More blossoms will come out on it in the warm days coming this week.
The saucer magnolias are starting to head into full bloom and will be looking wonderful as we head into the warmer days this week.
I took these photos early this morning at the Enid A. Haupt Garden.
Things Happening Nearby
Elsewhere Around and Near the Tidal Basin:
- The traffic patterns around West Potomac Park are normal. And the parking lot near the paddle boats is open—it hasn’t been closed to become the Welcome Area yet.
- The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is drained for repairs. It’s likely to be drained through mid-March.
- The Jefferson Memorial is covered in scaffolding to clean the domed roof. The project isn’t expected to be finished before May.
- The water features of the FDR Memorial are still drained and turned off. They turn them back on once the risk of freezing has receded.
- The Washington Monument is open and back in business and scaffolding-free.
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)