Sunrise at the Tidal Basin, April 11, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

Cherry blossoms achieved peak bloom in Washington, D.C. Thursday and should remain in their prime for at least a few more days.

Photographers who awakened early this morning to beat the crowds and catch a glimpse of the blossoms coupled with the rising sun were rewarded with outstanding views.  Here’s a sample of sunrise photos from our readers and Capital Weather Gang contributors…

(Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

 From Thursday morning:

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2013 and 2014 cherry blossom coverage

Ten days of cherry blossoms (PHOTOS, 2012)
Cherry blossoms bursting out (PHOTOS, 2012)
Cherry blossoms with an overcast sky (PHOTOS, 2011)
Washington’s cherry blossoms in the snow (PHOTOS, 2011)
A cherry blossom bird’s-eye view (PHOTOS, 2010)
Cherry Blossoms Wind Down as D.C. Greens Up (PHOTOS, 2009)
Cherry Blossom Morning (PHOTOS 2009)
Washington D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Bloom Begins (PHOTOS, 2009)
Photography: Falling Blossoms & Spring Scenes, Kevin Ambrose (2008)
Photography: A Blooming Good Time (2008)
Photography: Glorious Cherry Blossom Sunrise (2008)
Photography: Cherry Blossoms by Night (2008)
Photography: Flying High as Spring Blossoms (2008)