Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC – 2012

Cherry blossom trees in bloom

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The cherry blossoms in Washington DC are in full swing! The peak has been this week and it’s been better than a lot of previous years.  Before it always seemed like right around the peak we’d get some rain or very windy days and the blossoms would fall off the tress quickly, but luckily, not this time!

Cherry Blossom with Jefferson Memorial in background

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This year, from March 18th to at least the 23rd and probably a day or two more the cherry blossoms have been looking great.  They’ve held their blossoms really well.  We’ve had a very mild winter in Washington, DC and it’s been unseasonably warm recently, which has caused the cherry trees to bloom early.
Under the cherry blossom trees

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April 4th is the average peak bloom date in Washington, DC, so blooming this early has caused some problems with people’s plans.  Lots of people already planned trips and booked hotel rooms to come see the cherry trees – which they’ve had to change.

Cherry Blossom with Washington Monument in background

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Even though they bloomed early this year and caused problems with some people’s plans to see the cherry blossoms, the tidal basin area was still very crowded!  The cherry blossoms and the cherry blossom festival draws a lot of people into Washington DC and the surrounding area.

This year is pretty special, it’s actually the 100 year anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Overall 2012 was a great cherry blossom season!  The blooms came out, the weather was great, and lots of nice pictures were made.  Hopefully you got a chance to experience it!

Cherry Blossom with Washington Monument in background

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Cherry Blossom with Jefferson Memorial in background

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Images taken with Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens.

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