I talked to my cousin tonight (April 13) and he said all the blossoms are off the trees. All done. Which is a relief for him because this past week his normal 6 minute commute took a half hour with all the tourists. I’ll post the final reveal photos when I get them from my dad. —Leigh
“This weekend (April 13 and 14) is the windup of the Cherry Blossom Festival, with some Japanese events, a parade, and some other stuff. After Greek class, around 1:00 pm Saturday, I rode my old Raleigh down to 1 Judiciary Square to vote early, since I’m planning to be in Massachusetts on election day. On the way back, I rode along Constitution Avenue. There were crowds everywhere, and heavy car traffic. The crowds were gone by the time I got to the Capital Crescent Trail in Georgetown, but there were a lot of cyclists out enjoying the nice weather. I can’t confirm (Christopher’s?) report that the blossoms are gone, since I haven’t looked closely at the trees this weekend. They are dropping their blossoms now, but I think there are still some trees with blossoms on them.” —Dan
Well, I’d hoped to ride my bike over to Kenwood when it snowed the other day and try to get some shots of snow on the cherry trees there, but that didn’t work out. I did ride over on Saturday and took a few pictures. The buds aren’t out noticeably more than they were earlier in the week. Today (Tuesday, March 26), however, I rode down to the Tidal Basin, and took pictures there. There still are no blossoms out. It’s been too cold, but the forecast is for warmer weather through the end of the week. There were quite a few people walking around and looking at the bare trees, but nothing like the crowds that will be there when the buds come out. The experts are predicting early April for the first buds. The pictures here are all of the trees around the Tidal Basin. —Dan
You guys know that I’m from DC and I have family there so people ask me, “When’s a good time to go see the Cherry Blossoms?” The answer is different every year. It’s easy to go to see them too late or too early. I had the idea that if only someone in DC could let us people up here in PA, or other places know how they’re progressing… Well, I have someone, my dad Daniel Woodhead, who not only lives in DC but is a great photographer. Here is the first day of Cherry Blossom Watch and the first day of spring:
“Well, it’s the first day of Spring. So I took a [bike]ride in the chilly air to check on the state of the cherry blossoms. Started out with Kenwood in Bethesda, just off the Capital Crescent Trail. No blossoms yet. Then I went down the Capital Crescent Trail to Georgetown, and then past Memorial Bridge onto Ohio Drive, where the main group of Yoshino cherry trees are. Didn’t get all the way to the Tidal Basin, as it was getting late. I headed back to the house. The whole trip was 17 miles and took almost 2 hours. But it documented that the blossoms haven’t started to open, although they look as though they’re close. The cold weather is delaying their opening. The first two photos are in Kenwood, and the second two are along Ohio Drive, next to the Potomac.” – Dan
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