693,000 Flags

White flags placed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to remember those that lost their lives to COVID-19. People were encouraged to place their own flag in remembrance of someone they lost. Each day, more flags are added to match the number of deaths. By the time this display is removed on October 4th, the total number of flags could exceed 700,000.

Cherry Blossoms, Part 1

We went downtown to see the blossoming cherry trees around the tidal basin in Washington last night. The crowds were so large, we decided to have dinner on the steps of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving and watch the trees from a distance. The park service has said it might close off the tidal basin area to reduce the risk of spreading COVID if the crowds become too large, which seems very likely. While trying to avoid people on the way home, we took this image of the Washington Memorial on the National Mall. These trees were very different ten days earlier. Click on the image for a larger view.

DC Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom in DC. 99% of the trees are currently without flowers. The season is expected to begin peaking in April. Click on the image for a larger view.