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.

National Portrait Gallery

As I posted before, the National Portrait Gallery in one of my favorite places in Washington. The building is a warren of rooms and galleries, covering so many styles and eras. This gallery is near the top floors of the building. Click on the image for a larger view.