The Cherry Blossoms are late to bloom this year in DC due to our consistently cool winter that made for great skiing on man-made snow at our local mid-Atlantic ski areas and for the first time ever I skied locally in the months of Nov and Apr with excellent conditions and...but I digress.
So ski season is over for me and time to ramp up the bike commuting. This morning, as usual, I rode by the Tidal Basin where the famous Washington Cherry Trees grow (a gift long ago from the Govt of Japan). Here are a few pictures:
Here's a close-up of a Cherry Tree in pretty good blossoming mode. That's the Pentagon in Arlington, VA in background. I ride past there to get to DC for my job.
Part of my route is along this busy path near the Jefferson Memorial (to right). The tidal basin and Washington Monument can be seen in the background.
The Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin are not quite at peak yet, but maybe only a couple days from it. In the afternoon this area will be mobbed all week.
This was taken about 745AM. I recognize those two as news anchors for our local Fox Channel 5 TV affiliate morning news show. No crowds at this time to bother their live broadcast.