Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 25, 2018

It has been soggy and foggy but still warmer than average. More of the green buds are starting to come through now.

UPDATE: The National Park Service determined that 70 percent of the buds had reached the “Green Buds” stage on February 25. That is just a day later than last year and is earlier than the average.

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.

The past couple of days have been very soggy and foggy. And while temperatures haven’t been anywhere near the scorchers we saw last week (well, scorchers for February), it has still been consistently warmer than normal. As we near the end of February, we’re tracking 6° above average for the month. The National Weather Service is currently predicting that March will begin around average temperatures but get colder a week or so in.

On the trees, more of the green buds are starting to come through. There are still a lot more to go, but the progress is getting much easier to see visually now.

National Park Service Peak Bloom Prediction

The NPS will be announcing their initial peak bloom prediction for the season at a press conference on March 1. Stay tuned–I’ll have updates here.

March for Our Lives Rally

The March for Our Lives rally on gun control is scheduled for March 24, 2018, coinciding with the first week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Organizers are planning for up to 500,000 attendees. While DC handles big events in its stride, it’s likely to create a lot of competition for hotel rooms that weekend. So if you’re planning to come into town then, it’s probably best to book sooner rather than later.

For Photographers: Gear Rental

It’s starting to be a good time to plan for the gear you want to use to capture the spectacle. I’ll be posting some more specific photography tips and recommendations as we head into the bloom.

If you’re looking to rent some gear, whether something specialized or just to try out something different, I can recommend both BorrowLenses and Lens Pro to Go. They’re the ones I typically use when I need something specific for a client shoot or am just curious about trying something out. Lens Pro to Go currently has 15% to 25% off through March.

For local options, Ace Photo, District Camera, and f8 Rentals also offer rental gear, although their selections are often not as extensive as the big online places. And if you’re shooting video, DC Camera’s offerings are worth a look.

Photos from this Morning

Green buds poking through. Photo taken February 25, 2018.

Photo taken February 25, 2018.

Photo taken February 25, 2018. The Jefferson Memorial in the mist.

Photo taken February 25, 2018.

Other Flowers

Some of the area’s other spring flowers are starting to come out. I haven’t come across any daffodils out yet, but there are buds that are definitely getting close. Here are a couple of shots taken this morning; there are some more in the update from last week.

Flowers on a fruit tree near the DC World War One Memorial. Photo taken February 25, 2018 with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S VR Micro 105mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens @ ISO 4000 . 1/250 sec . ƒ/7.1.

Photo taken February 25, 2018 with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S VR Micro 105mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens @ ISO 1400 . 1/250 sec . ƒ/5.

Last updated February 26, 2018