For those who weren't able to make it to the cherry blossoms in person this year, here's a little project I've been working on: timelapse footage of Yoshino cherry blossoms blooming.
It captures about five days or so, through the peduncle elongation, puffy white, and peak bloom stages.
There are several varieties of cherry tree around and near the Tidal Basin, but the Yoshino Japanese cherry trees (Prunus × yedoensis) are the most famous and numerous.
And in case you were wondering, no, these branches weren't torn from the protected trees at the Tidal Basin, of course!
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.