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.
Snow! We got some very wet snow overnight into the morning. It’s unusual for DC to get snow this late, and particularly for this winter, which has been well below average in terms of snowfall.
It’s just a little too warm around the Tidal Basin for much of it to stick, so we’ve ended up with a very soggy half inch or so. Just across the Potomac, in Arlington, we got about 3 inches of accumulation, but melting has well and truly set in by the afternoon.
The snow won’t do any harm to the cherry blossoms–there wasn’t enough on the trees to break branches. And the National Park Service said today that the snow and recent wintry weather doesn’t change their forecast–they’re sticking with April 3-6. As it happens, the colder temperatures can bring a benefit: they can help prolong the blooming period.
On the trees, the florets are starting to extend.
This week is spring break for a lot of schools, so the school groups are out in force at the memorials. But the wintry weather is keeping most others away.
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)