After slow start, cherry blossoms rapidly reach peak (PHOTOS)

Warm weather and the long-awaited cherry blossom peak brought a large crowd to the Tidal Basin on Tuesday. (Kevin Ambrose)
Warm weather and the long-awaited cherry blossom bloom brought a large crowd to the Tidal Basin on Tuesday. (Kevin Ambrose)

It seems that we’ve gone from winter to summer in less than a week.  It’s no wonder that the cherry blossoms seemed to explode into full bloom in less than two days.  I’ve never seen such a fast turn from mostly closed buds to full bloom on the Tidal Basin.

On Tuesday evening, I met CWG’s Ian Livingston for a photo shoot.  The crowds were quite large and the chances of either of us planting our tripods seemed non-existent.  We just kind of flowed with the masses, pausing to take a few shots when a scene caught our interest.  A few of the photos are included in this post.

It was a very pleasant evening for our photo shot.  During most of our previous cherry blossom photo shoots, we’ve been bundled up in sweat shirts and multiple layers.  On Tuesday, however, it was shorts and a t-shirts.  What a nice change from our winter-like spring.

A U.S. Park Police officer and his horse stop by to say hello at the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms. (Ian Livingston)
One of seemingly thousands of photographers on the Tidal Basin Tuesday evening. Patience is helpful! (Ian Livingston)
The sun's setting light casts a soft glow on the cherry blossoms Tuesday evening. (Kevin Ambrose)
The sun’s setting light casts a soft glow on the cherry blossoms Tuesday evening. (Kevin Ambrose)
Focusing above the crowd on cherry blossoms bathed in light. (Ian Livingston)
Focusing above the crowd on cherry blossoms bathed in light. (Ian Livingston)
A cherry blossom close-up Tuesday afternoon. (Kevin Ambrose)
A cherry blossom close-up Tuesday afternoon. (Kevin Ambrose)
It was a wonderful evening after a day that was a bit hot. (Ian Livingston)
It was a wonderful evening after a day that was a bit hot. (Ian Livingston)
A Tidal Basin panorama view facing south during the early evening on Tuesday. (Kevin Ambrose)
A Tidal Basin panorama view facing south during the early evening on Tuesday. (Kevin Ambrose)
A panorama of the cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial. (Kevin Ambrose)
A panorama of the cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial. (Kevin Ambrose)
A sunset panorma of the Tidal Basin on Tuesday evening. (Kevin Ambrose)
A sunset panorma of the Tidal Basin on Tuesday evening. (Kevin Ambrose)
Kevin Ambrose looks for a shot in the midst of a break in the crowd. (Ian Livingston)

Ian Livingston sets his camera for a shot. (Kevin Ambrose)

 

Evening light on a cherry blossom tree at peak. (Ian Livingston)

 


I focused on blossom close-up shots during the Tuesday evening photo shoot. (Kevin Ambrose)

Workers scale the outside of the Washington Monument while cherry trees bloom in the foreground. (Kevin Ambrose)

Ian Livingston contributed to this post.

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