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Cherry Blossom Sunrise on the Tidal Basin

I did this last year and it was worth getting up super early to capture the blossoms at sunrise. I will update the date/time as we get closer and see if things are delayed or early this year. We will meet at the MLK Memorial and spread out from there.

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  • Gurvinder S.

    Thanks for organizing it. I got there with my family but was not able to meet the others but thanks for the inspiration. Ended up spending the whole day till sunset in DC and uploaded some pics.

    April 15, 2014

  • Kemoy

    Enjoyed meeting Crystal, Bill, Mark and Eva.....didn't get a chance to meet anyone else. Had a fun time.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Dwight J

    I had a great time, got some wonderful shots, and met some cool people. Couldn't have asked for anything more.

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • Crystal V.

    Ok so things are looking great for tomorrow's shoots. I will be wearing blue/neon green athletic shorts and a black hoodie in the morning.
    Also many have asked about parking. I will be parking at the L'Efant Plaza hotel garage for the day. The cost is $11 for the entire day and there is plenty of parking. The walk is about 15 min to the MLK Memorial...about the same distance as the Smithsonian Metro Stop. There may be other parking in the area but I know it will be limited and the cost could vary. Here is the address to the hotel if you would like to park there as well.
    480 L'Enfant Plaza SW.
    Washington, DC 20024
    Again my cell will be on however the Meetup app seems to have a delay at times so feel free to text me too. The number is[masked]-0687.
    I look forward to a great morning and for those joining us a great day at the other events taking place.

    April 11, 2014

    • Michael M.

      I was there at 6 with about two others; at 6:15 we just kind of dispersed. Did I miss a larger showing? Oh we'll, it got me out there shooting. Thanks for organizing

      April 12, 2014

  • Ann O.

    beautiful morning. Good idea to change area to meet to MLK.

    April 12, 2014

  • Crystal V.

    Ok so it is my understanding that even though this mornings shoot was great there was some confusion on finding each other as there were other groups also meeting there (thank you Mark). Here are the updates and they have been changed on the event as well as I will email everyone that is signed up to go.

    We will now be meeting at 6:00am at the base of the MLK Memorial. No later than 6:10am we'll be spreading out to get our spots. I will be posting to the site and have my phone for last minute questions. If you would like to join me early I will be getting there early and taking some pictures of the Jefferson Memorial at 5:30am from a spot closer to the Paddle Boats. Please let me know if you are coming early so I can know who to look for.

    After I will be taking some photos around the basin and then heading to secure a spot at the Parade. Anyone going to this event is welcome to join me or meet up later.

    April 9, 2014

    • Gaurav S.

      Crytal, I would like to join you as well. Where are going to park?

      April 11, 2014

    • Crystal V.

      Please see the latest post as well as the email for more details. I will be parking at the L'Efant Plaza hotel. 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW.
      Washington, DC 20024

      April 11, 2014

  • dennis d.

    I am going to try to do this... not a morning person but could be worth it... I heard it is going to rain in the early morning Saturday... will that change anything

    April 10, 2014

  • Dan

    Looking forward to this. As I have never been to DC this early and never during Cherry blossom season. Are there any suggestions for parking?

    March 24, 2014

    • Ann O.

      Metro doesn't run that early on weekends. If you get to that area before sunrise you should be able to find parking along Ohio drive but you will have to walk.

      3 · March 24, 2014

    • Ann O.

      Ohio Dr is ONE WAY during Cherry Blossoms (going east to West (from Jefferson toward the Lincoln) so look at a map before you just trust a GPS unit to take you to Ohio Drive for parking. The GPS doesn't know OH is temporarily a ONE WAY street during Cherry Blossom time.

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Check out the link below for maps and brochures. It has some good info on where's the different clusters of trees are, which type of trees you're looking at and some trail info. Good stuff if you've never been.

    http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-maps.htm

    April 9, 2014

  • Donna S.

    So is 5:30 AM finalized the time that we meet?

    April 9, 2014

    • Crystal V.

      Please see updates here and via email.

      April 9, 2014

  • Crystal V.

    I just checked and the Metro does not run that early. I park at the LEfant Plaza Hotel and walk. Weekends are $11 for the day. Here is the address: 480 L'Enfant Plz SW, Washington

    March 24, 2014

  • Crystal V.

    Based on the latest predictions I have changed the date. If things change again we will adjust. For all those who are coming for the first time please note that this is rare to have to change event dates multiple times. Unfortunately these Blossoms are not easy to capture.

    March 5, 2014

  • Crystal V.

    Per the National Cherry Blossom Festival Page: National Park Service predicts peak bloom will be April 8-12. Get excited to STEP INTO SPRING with us in less than 3 weeks beginning March 20!!

    3 · March 4, 2014

  • Alicyn D.

    I found this site that does predictions for the peak http://havecamerawilltravel.com/cherry-blossoms/

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Brijesh

    Very excited to see the xherry blossom.

    February 20, 2014

  • Akhil

    I am looking forward for it ! This has been the first year for me here at USA and I am really excited for it.

    February 20, 2014

    • susan

      Welcome :) this is a great meetup you'll really enjoy it!

      February 20, 2014

  • Shirley J.

    Now I have an incentive to take the sunrise photo I have been wanting. I look forward to it.

    February 14, 2014

  • Susan W.

    Thanks. I'm still wistful about the days when I could park right at the Tidal Basin. My fantasies keep me going.

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Alicyn D.

      You can park there now :-) I was there yesterday. Not a bloom in site but plenty of parking

      1 · February 9, 2014

    • Susan W.

      I know, but during Cherry Blossom time all the rules about where and when you can park change. Too bad. Pesky tourists. Lol

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • wendy c.

    You can however park on Ohio drive, beween the tidal basin and Rosevelt monuments, I've been able to park really close to the basin for the last several years,

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • wendy c.

    The DO close the parking lot to cars, about a week or so Before the blossoms, They've done it for the last 4-5 years. Don't expect them to go back to leaving it open, they use it for porta potties ino and sales

    February 9, 2014

  • Susan W.

    I'll call the park service. Sometimes they close the Tidal Basin parking lot when the Cherry Trees are in bloom.

    February 9, 2014

    • Alicyn D.

      I'm pretty sure they close parking to everything during the high cherry blossom season. I drive through it on my morning commute and I've seen it.

      February 9, 2014

  • Daniel

    Hi Members, my photography exhibit will open at Brookside Gardens, in the Visitors Center,
    February 10 - April 6, 2014...everyone is invited.
    www.brooksidegardens.org

    February 9, 2014

  • Gurvinder S.

    I hope I can make it.

    February 8, 2014

  • Alicyn D.

    I hope I can get my butt up for this, but it will be worth it

    January 12, 2014

  • Rhonda B.

    Was there early in 2013 and it is so worth it!!!

    1 · October 26, 2013

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