Cherry Blossoms before Sunrise

The cherry blossoms are coming! The peak is supposed to be the first week of April. Last year I shot the blossoms a little before peak and found I was the only one there at 5 am. I got some great shots of the tidal basin at night and as the sun rose. If we were to show up around 5:30 we would have about 1.5 hours before sunrise (6:54 am). We could arrange a carpool if anyone is interested.

For parking, the lot at the Tidal Basin is usually closed for the festival. There is parking along Ohio Drive or in the lots near the 14th Street Bridge. Its not a long walk to the Paddle Boats.

I called the Paddle Boat place at the Tidal Basin and they confirmed that the parking lot there will close on Wednesday (March 20) and will be closed for the duration of the Festival. So we can arrange to meet in the Ohio Drive lot.

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  • Dan Girard

    I plan on going back out there next Sun, got other plans for Sat.

    April 7, 2013

  • Tanya

    I had fun but I only met 1 person from the group.

    April 6, 2013

    • Rob

      Sorry, I woke up a couple hours late. I drove over anyway and I figured I missed you guys. Looking at the photos, I think I probably walked right past everyone without knowing it.

      April 7, 2013

    • Dan Girard

      I saw you Tanya, however once we got the to the basin everybody just kinda went their own way.

      1 · April 7, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    I am very sad because I lost my chance to be with you this day
    I was on my way to come you near Reagan Airport and contacted me one of the women that they want to come to and ask me later that she had been delayed or not it is on its way when I told her no. I'm also on my way and Senlthak the team anyway. Then I remembered that I had forgotten my camera battery charger .. Oh my God, O God.
    At this moment, a mistake the way for the director to take me the way to another outlet.It fate or luck they will be the first post to a group teamed I hope that does not miss the next deadline.
    Finally I saw images all provoked admiration and truly fantastic and I'm sure that the moments of dawn and sunrise was also fantastic. I wish all a wonderful day
    Thanks again and apologized for not coming.
    Thank the lady who contacted me also

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Yvette

    A bit chilly but timing was great to be there before it got to crowded. How about a follow-up impromptu meetup this week when the trees are fully in bloom?

    5 · April 6, 2013

  • Biswamber Pal

    I just now met with the same group, Tanya

    April 6, 2013

    • Tanya

      Ok I'm all the way to the right of them

      April 6, 2013

  • Tanya

    Where is everyone?!? I was entangled with the wonderful Calvert County Group

    April 6, 2013

  • Creston

    I'm parked on Ohio and West Basin Dr by FDR. Black Mustang.

    April 6, 2013

    • Tanya

      If you are by FDR you are close. Go away from Monument. It should be behind you, water in front of you. FDR should be on your left

      April 6, 2013

  • Biswamber Pal

    Can u plz call me at [masked]

    April 6, 2013

    • Alicia

      Same. I'm lost. [masked]

      April 6, 2013

  • Tanya

    Where is the group meeting

    April 6, 2013

  • Biswamber Pal

    Parking seems to be closed, where shall I park

    April 6, 2013

    • Tanya

      On Ohio drive. I parked in lot A

      April 6, 2013

  • Missy

    I hope not to late. I would like a ride.

    April 6, 2013

    • Tanya

      From where?

      April 6, 2013

  • Silvio Herradora

    We are going to wait a couple more days, have fun!

    April 5, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    I hope so some one how come tomorrow give phon number to contact with him if I need some help because Iam new in DC

    April 5, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    My phone number is [masked]

    April 5, 2013

  • Alicia

    I can't wait for tomorrow! I'm very excited.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Barbara Stampora

    Here is the link for the road closures due to the Cherry Blossom 10 mike run that departs from the Washington Monument beginning at 7:20am

    http://www.cherryblossom.org/im...­

    April 5, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      According to the website, the roads are closed on Sunday morning. Not tomorrow. Hopefully the website is accurate.

      April 5, 2013

    • Rob

      Yeah, the race appears to be April 7th. I missed that first time around too.

      April 5, 2013

  • Margaret

    I looked at cherry cam and thought that it wasn't quite quite time yet. Have fun.

    April 5, 2013

  • Seema

    Gonna wait until blooms are more full

    April 5, 2013

  • Dan Girard

    from the Eathview that was posted earlier, I don't see a lot on the trees at this point. However, I will probably still be out there for a couple of reasons. I'd like to actually get to walk around and plan the best spots to shoot when they do bloom. Second, you can always take Sunrise pictures of the Monuments if you haven't before. Remember the name of the group.. Night AND LOW Light Photography.

    2 · April 5, 2013

  • Jen

    I just rode by the Tidal Basin on the yellow line and didn't see much bloom. I don't think I'll be coming tomorrow morning. Have a good shoot!

    April 5, 2013

  • Shana

    Can you add a second meet up for Sunday morning?

    April 5, 2013

    • Rajiv Alexander

      Ya Sunday would be good. I would like to join if there is a meet up on Sunday as well.

      April 5, 2013

  • Madge Haynes

    I also would like to go Sunday morning!

    April 5, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    Hi all I have some different expectations are likely to Cherry will blossom tomorrow and the other says it is too early
    So please explain to you a fixed deadline or not.
    We just hours ahead of us and I need to know if it was the date of the photographer will stay or not.
    Thank you all and happy day

    April 5, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      I don't know what the flowers intend to do between now and tomorrow, but I plan to be there to find out.

      2 · April 5, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    Is it also possible to put the map again to clarify the location of the meeting Thanks

    April 5, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      I placed a pin in the map on the location that we parked last week. I plan to park there again tomorrow.

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • Cara

    Can't make it after all. I was out this morning, and there were some blossoms starting, but the early morning shots were still beautiful!

    April 5, 2013

  • Creston

    I am going to shoot for 5am to get a decent parking spot, but wanted to confirm that we are talking about Ohio Dr SW on the FDR Memorial side of the basin, not the north side of the basin. Correct?

    April 5, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      I plan on parking on Ohio Dr. SW near the FDR memorial.

      April 5, 2013

  • Eric

    Not too many cherry blossoms yet, maybe with the warmer weather today and tomorrow Sunday may be a better morning? That's when I plan on shooting, and the following week-end too. But Saturday morning may not be too great for those finicky cherry blossoms!

    April 5, 2013

  • Margaret

    I am not a parent and I dont have any interest in tennis. http://www.nationalcherryblosso...­ Try this one Fred.....

    April 5, 2013

    • Margaret

      The context for this is an earlier post that had an erroneous link to tennis parents - which is somewhat amusing.

      April 5, 2013

  • Rajiv Alexander

    Yesterday as I walked past the basin I didn't see a lot of blossoms, I'm still a bit skeptical of tomorrow. If anyone's there today can you please post a picture or post something about the number of trees blooming today?

    April 5, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    I am very excited to be back for the camera again after a period of more than six months, I hope to be full of beauty and magnificence to be able to imaging Pkhl good I also hope that everyone enjoys time imaging.
    Thanks to those who made ​​the call and thank you to all the participants with us

    April 4, 2013

  • Gary Fisher

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from the Herndon/Reston/Sterling area? The Herndon Monroe Park n Ride lot is a good location to meet for carpooling. Please let me know of any interest in carpooling.

    1 · April 4, 2013

    • Mukesh

      I live on Sunrise (Near Harris Teeter). I am 99% confirmed to join.

      April 4, 2013

  • Barbara Stampora

    I have decided to wait on the blossoms. Have a great morning!

    April 4, 2013

  • Mark Weaver

    I have updated the map showing where we parked last week. Remember to park facing north (toward 66 or with the tidal basin out your passenger window). Last week the Park Policeman warned me (after the fact) about parking facing south.

    April 4, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I saw all the notes last weekend about parking problems. Where is the best place to park?

    April 3, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      There is parking along Ohio drive, but be sure to park facing north.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    Are fixed and definite date and also
    Where will be the meeting point exactly because I first joined a group of filming here in America
    I hope to be a beautiful day for all

    April 3, 2013

  • Dan Girard

    Anybody been out to see how the blossoms are doing ?

    April 3, 2013

    • Steve Howard

      I was out there this morning. A couple of trees have started to bloom. Overall, the buds are getting ready to pop soon. I am not an expert but maybe Saturday or Sunday. By the way I dropped in on the Park Police Thursday on my way home from work and asked them about parking. They said lots A, B or C would be no problem even though the signs say no parking 1:00 AM to 8:00 AM. The park police just don't want people camping overnight there. I will be there at 5:00 on Saturday and with any luck a local TV crew will be there to light the foreground for a great shot of the Washington monument across the tidal basin.

      April 3, 2013

  • Madge Haynes

    Since the date has been changed I'll go, hoping there will be some flowers to photograph.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jen

    I'm really looking fwd to this... and the coffee I'll be downing in tue process :) Question: Do we know for sure that DC park security will allow us to set up tripods as a group? A friend of mine mentioned that there was an issue a few years ago when he attended a similar MeetUp in a park in that area - a permit was required.

    April 3, 2013

  • Omar Alsaray

    I will come

    April 2, 2013

  • Paul

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend however will be going Sunday morning - any recommendations? Thank you...

    April 1, 2013

  • Margaret Mattinson

    Great link for cherry tracking. http://bit.ly/XoQecl­ This link has a chart of previous year's peak bloom dates by location . There is also an app, of course.

    2013 Bloom Watch

    revised: March 19, 2013
    Average Peak Bloom Date: April 4
    2013 Peak Blooming Date Prediction:
    April 3 – April 6

    April 1, 2013

    • Fred

      Thanks for the info but the link you posted takes you to an article on being a tennis parent.

      April 1, 2013

    • Aisha

      yeah

      April 1, 2013

  • Dan Girard

    Looking forward to this. Lived in the area since 97 and have never been the to the basin for the blossoms let alone to try and take pictures. Hopefully we'll have a nice day and a beautiful sunrise.

    April 1, 2013

  • Creston

    Mon 1 April. Anyone been down there since Sat 30 March to see if there are any blooms yet?

    April 1, 2013

  • Randy Saldivar

    Looks like a lot of fun! Can't wait. Need to bring anything special?

    March 31, 2013

    • Mark Weaver

      Bring a tripod and maybe a shutter release.

      March 31, 2013

  • Deb Snelson

    I went March 30

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Ruth Mott

    Had a great time, can't wait for next weekend! Thanks

    March 31, 2013

  • Pilar

    I was there this afternoon, no blossoms yet so I will not join tomorrow.Will be in Istanbul next weekend, so no meet up for me. I will try to do this Wednesday morning in case anybody is interested.

    March 29, 2013

    • R David

      What time are you planning to be there Wednesday? I'll join you, I like going mid-week

      March 31, 2013

  • Barbara Stampora

    I hope to make it!!

    March 30, 2013

  • Cindy Vasko

    Thanks for heading downtown this a.m. Mark and also for being our traffic director.

    1 · March 30, 2013

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