Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise

April is time for the Cherry Blossoms! This will most likely be a very crowded morning with many people there to see and photograph the Cherry Blossoms. Typically this weekend is peak bloom for the blossoms. Join the group for a walk around the Tidal Basin photographing the Cherry Blossoms.

This is the same morning as the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Metro will open at 5am for the 10 mile run so Metro will be your best bet. If you drive you might want to be sure and get there early to get a parking spot. Watch out for street closures.

The info below is to give you an idea of when the sun will rise the morning of the Meetup:

The following information is provided for Washington, District of Columbia (longitude W77.0, latitude N38.9):

Sunday 6 April 2014 Eastern Daylight Time 

SUN
Begin civil twilight 6:18 a.m.
Sunrise 6:45 a.m.
Sun transit 1:10 p.m.
Sunset 7:37 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:04 p.m.

MOON
Moonrise 10:55 a.m. on preceding day
Moonset 1:29 a.m.
Moonrise 11:46 a.m.
Moon transit 7:01 p.m.
Moonset 2:12 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 6 April:   waxing crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

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  • Vincent K.

    Cuppa tea at the Starbucks 1201 maryland ave sw.

    1 · April 6, 2014

    • Tingling

      Vincent, sorry we missed you, my guests and I waited then decided to walk without the group. :(

      2 · April 6, 2014

    • Vincent K.

      No worries Tingling. I hope you had a good time!

      April 6, 2014

  • Cindy J.

    Thanks again Vincent! Was fun and all the runners made it interesting for all of us to get around!

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Delma M W.

    I just sent you an email about my arrival time of 06:35 am. and found out you would be late. My question, should post photos of the early morning sun and the time spent at the shooting location? Read my earlier email.

    April 6, 2014

  • Edward T.

    Too bad all the barriers and road blocks were set up for the race this morning....always something to give you a headache early in the morning...

    April 6, 2014

  • Leilani

    Vince, we're going to the Starbucks on Pennsylvania and 13th because that's the only one open.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Rob C.

    Awe nan! I overslept. :-(

    April 6, 2014

  • Shelva

    Where are you all located now?

    April 6, 2014

  • Tanya

    Walking from smithsonian...why didn't I drive

    April 6, 2014

    • Tommi

      You made the right choice. They have roadblocks all around the Tidal Basin.

      April 6, 2014

  • Tommi

    Foiled by roadblocks. Next time I'm riding my bike. I give up. Post great pics for me, everyone.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Shelva

    Please post the first location. Parking is a challenge.

    April 6, 2014

  • Shelva

    Hitting the road blocks. 2 minutes

    April 6, 2014

  • Vincent K.

    Running a few minutes late.

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • ernie

    not being familiar with the area, is the meeting spot on the North or South side of Independence? East or West side of West Basin? thanx!

    April 5, 2014

  • Cara

    I will not make it this time, hope to join another event soon. Hope ya'll get great shots!

    April 5, 2014

  • John

    I went to the basin yesterday and although we are not near 'peak' I think we will still be able to learn a lot from Vincent. I am looking forward to it. See you there!!

    3 · April 5, 2014

  • Leilani

    I'll be heading in from Alexandria. Anyone care to join...

    April 4, 2014

    • Uche

      Sounds good... where shall we meet?

      April 5, 2014

    • Leilani

      I'll send you a private message with my number.

      April 5, 2014

  • Laís

    Hey guys! Actually I guess I am not going anymore...
    I don't have a camera and I was planning to buy it before cherry blossom meeting, but it did not work.
    I am interesting to learn about photos but for now I have no idea about anything.
    Actually I am needing help to find a good photographer classes and witch kind the camera should be good for me, since I am starting.
    Can someone give me tips?
    Thanks,
    Lais.

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Laís

      Hey Vicent, thank you! I do not have camera yet :/

      March 31, 2014

    • Vincent K.

      If you would like to come out I can lend you one of my cameras.

      1 · April 2, 2014

  • John

    I was just at the memorial and none of the trees have begun to bloom yet - not even a little bit. Is this a meetup no matter what or are there alternative plans??

    March 31, 2014

    • Vincent K.

      Yes, we will be going out on the 6th. Hopefully some of the blossoms will come by them.

      March 31, 2014

  • Vincent K.

    The forecast is looking good. They updated the bloom watch and it looks like we will be there just before the peak bloom. A bit more warm weather should help the blossoms.

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • ernie

    just fyi … the 10 mile race folks seem to think the Metro opens at 5:30am -http://www.cherryblossom.org/generalinfo/gettingtorace.php … but the wmata planner does not give any indication of any early service on the 6th - http://www.wmata.com/index.cfm?forcedesktop=1

    March 29, 2014

  • Delma M W.

    Lais, you will learn new techniques about photography. This early morning shoot should be interesting.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Laís

    Hi! I am Lais, I am from Brazil and I am pretty interesting to know technics about photography. I would like joying this group, it will be very cool

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Jon S.

    I have to work that day because of the cherry blossoms.

    March 10, 2014

  • Delma M W.

    I would love to join in the photo meet, just have to make myself wake up early and catch a cab. Plan to attend.

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Metro is "not open that early???" Are you sure? One can get off at Smithsonian or Foggy Bottom and walk to the MLK Memorial.

    For abut 13 years, as a Volunteer, I have been giving guided tours of the history of the cherry blossoms. If you'd like to included that as part of the morning, let me know.

    2 · January 20, 2014

    • Vincent K.

      I looked on the schedule and on the weekends they start running at 7am. I was hoping to ride Metro in. I'm hoping it would open but the Metro website said otherwise.

      January 21, 2014

    • Diana L

      The metro will be open at 5am that day for the Cherry Blossom 10mile run. It will be very crowded around the Smithsonian area. Since I am running, unfortunately, I will not be able to meet up with the group. I will however have a camera on me during the run...I know...blurry pictures but I can't help myself :)

      3 · January 25, 2014

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