While we wait…
I took a quick peek at the Tidal Basin this past week. The abnormally high temperatures are harboring an early cherry blossom season. Here’s a first look at how things look at the Tidal Basin. The National Park Service is forecasting early peak bloom this year: between March 14th and March 17!
Will be here soon…
Believe it or not, the National Park Service revised their dates again!
They moved peak bloom dates to March 23-24th. I took a peek on Thursday, 19th and it looks like a week yet, before the blossoms are here!
Spring is here… and like last year snow was in the forecast, although thankfully it didn’t snow. It hasn’t really rained much too, so far.
With temperatures expected in the 70’s later this week, maybe peak bloom will be here 🙂
The Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t start until March 26th.
So it is all good 🙂
Check out the dates and events here:
The unusually warm weather is bringing out the blossoms much ahead of the schedule. The National Park Service has preponed peak bloom to March 18-23, 2016. Here are a couple of pictures of blooms from this year for your enjoyment.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful, but that it is also, tragically short.
What’s on you mind?
The last few posts, I have posted teaser content and photos of Cherry Blossoms from previous year. To prove my previous post, and reiterate that while winter seems to be making a fuss about leaving (we had flurries almost all day today), here are the first official pictures of some pink from this year 🙂
This time of the year, if you live in the DC area, Cherry Blossoms are what’s on most people’s mind. End of March and early April is when throngs return to the Capital city, to catch a glimpse of the Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, around the city and neighborhood. In a way, the Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of spring: once they are here and gone, winter is officially over.
Believe it or not, while it is quite pleasant to be able to walk around the city without being trampled upon, I do miss the hustle and bustle that returns with the Cherry Blossoms. It is exciting to see new faces and the awakening of the city for the new tourist season which continues till Labor Day.
The trees around the Tidal Basin are still slow to bud, but come this time next week, I am sure there will be more life in them. Today’s storm, is hopefully the last of the year, and temperatures are expected to return to normal after tomorrow.
Despite the wild mood swings the weather around the country appears to be experiencing,
Despite all the winter blues we are being forced through, the Cherry trees are budding!
My tulips survived the cold and the snow…. are still green and growing…
The Cherry trees near my office are starting to turn pink.
There is not a leaf in sight, still…
All other Cherry trees appear to be budding…. including the ones in the Tidal Basin.
But nothing can stop the Cherry Blossoms from blooming…. and before we know it, the heat and humidity, will be upon us and we will be cursing about the heat instead of the cold 🙂
Enjoy it while it lasts….