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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/ 8/2009

Cherry Blossoms Wind Down as D.C. Greens Up

By Ian Livingston

* Spring Chill Continues: Full Forecast | Later: Hurricane Outlook *

The Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry blossoms Sunday afternoon.

With all the clouds and windy weather lately, opportunities for photographing the cherry blossoms have been somewhat limited this year, especially when you're like me and not willing to get up really early like CWG's Kevin Ambrose. Though I usually try to steer clear of weekend crowds, the light winds and blue skies of Sunday made it impossible to stay away.

Keep reading for more photos...

Sunday was extremely busy on the Tidal Basin and surrounds, the perfect (I type sarcastically) time for a photo shoot. Even though Saturday was quite sunny, the wind kept things a little cool and frenzied -- it appeared people may have waited for the nicer day to follow. Still, I was able to chase down a few good opportunities and snap a few more photos to remember this year's festival by.

I was sort of surprised that the wind had not taken down more flowers -- though they seem to be pretty hardy until they are past peak. Then they tend to create "blossom blizzards" in any sizeable gust. With new winds the past few days, it appears my next photographs with lots of cherry blossoms will have to wait till 2010.

Fortunately, much other greenery is just about to explode throughout the city...

A man paints the scene in front of him on the Tidal Basin.
See a picture from last week of another painter on the Tidal Basin.

Cherry blossoms mix with green leaves popping out behind them.

The Jefferson Memorial and a cherry blossom tree in bloom.

The Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry blossoms Sunday afternoon.

A crowd enjoys the mild temperatures and live entertainment at the Jefferson Memorial.

Flowers on the National Mall in late-evening sunlight.

P.S. If you've read this far: Check out a larger version of a photo published with Monday's forecast post. Though the trees have sometimes been pruned to an odd shape, their many angles can mix magically with light to create an ethereal scene (see a similar photo I took last year). Of course, adding a circular polarizer and having some blue sky helps too.

By Ian Livingston  | April 8, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Photography  
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beautiful photos - it was crowded there on saturday too - even with the wind!

Posted by: madisondc | April 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks madisondc. I am sure it was crowded.. it always is, even when it's not. :)

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 8, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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