When we arrived Friday morning at the Tidal Basin, it was easy to notice that the trees were not quite in the same shape as last year when the cherry tree’s foliage had vibrant color for our shoot on the 2nd of November. This year, as some of the trees were just starting to change color a number of trees were already bare or headed there, and colors were somewhat muted on the whole.
The weather this year from late summer into fall has probably impacted the leaf color. Ideal conditions for the best foliage color are moist in the summer and cool and dry in the early fall. However, that’s exactly the opposite of what these trees experienced. While there is plenty of great color around, there are also a lot of withered or otherwise damaged leaves on a large number of trees.
The scene this fall was still beautiful, however, and well worth the trip and photo shoot. It’s a great time of year to take a stroll or jog around the Tidal Basin.
At the bottom of this post, we show how the other seasons compare to fall at the Tidal Basin. We particularly focused on comparisons with spring and winter using photos taken from the same locations. One photo comparison shows all four seasons shot from different locations. Of course, the Tidal Basin is awesome during all seasons.
Be sure to select photos to view full size versions. The comparison photos in particular are much more dramatic at full size.
Comparing the Seasons: