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Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms is estimated for March 20-23, but they are already blooming around the Tidal Basin. (WTOPJudy Taub)
Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms is estimated for March 20-23, but they are already blooming around the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Judy Taub)
Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms is estimated for March 20-23. (WTOPJudy Taub)
Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms is estimated for March 20-23. (WTOP/Judy Taub)
Cherry blossom peak bloom is estimated for March 20-23. (WTOPJudy Taub)
Cherry blossom peak bloom is estimated for March 20-23. (WTOP/Judy Taub)
Cherry blossoms are blooming along the Tidal Basin. (WTOPJudy Taub)
Cherry blossoms are blooming along the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Judy Taub)
German exchange students Alena Stasen, right, Clara Herrmann, center, and Rose Modersohn, take souvenir pictures under cherry blossom trees at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, Monday, March 19, 2012. (AP PhotoCharles Dharapak)
German exchange students Alena Stasen, right, Clara Herrmann, center, and Rose Modersohn, take souvenir pictures under cherry blossom trees at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, Monday, March 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Cherry blossom trees are in bloom around the Tidal Basin, with the Jefferson Memorial in the background in Washington, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)
Cherry blossom trees are in bloom around the Tidal Basin, with the Jefferson Memorial in the background in Washington, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Cherry blossom trees are in bloom around the Tidal Basin, with the Jefferson Memorial in the background in Washington, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)
Cherry blossom trees are in bloom around the Tidal Basin, with the Jefferson Memorial in the background in Washington, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are expected to reach peak bloom March 20-23. (Courtesy Kira Bates)
The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are expected to reach peak bloom March 20-23. (Courtesy Kira Bates)
Paddleboats are seen in the Tidal Basin in front of the Washington Monument. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
Paddleboats are seen in the Tidal Basin in front of the Washington Monument. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
One way to see the cherry blossoms is by paddleboat. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
One way to see the cherry blossoms is by paddleboat. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
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The color of the cherry blossoms is either pink or white, depending on the type of tree. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
The color of the cherry blossoms is either pink or white, depending on the type of tree. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
The reflection of the Washington Monument is seen in the Tidal Basin Saturday, March 17, 2012. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
The reflection of the Washington Monument is seen in the Tidal Basin Saturday, March 17, 2012. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
These young women rode their skateboards to see the cherry blossoms. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
These young women rode their skateboards to see the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
Take Metro if you plan to go. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
Take Metro if you plan to go. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
A warm Saturday brings out walkers and bikers along the Tidal Basin for the cherry blossoms. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
A warm Saturday brings out walkers and bikers along the Tidal Basin for the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
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People soak up a nice day watching the cherry blossoms. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
People soak up a nice day watching the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
Crowds turn out on Saturday, March 17, 2012 along the Tidal Basin. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
Crowds turn out on Saturday, March 17, 2012 along the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
The peak is almost here. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
The peak is almost here. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
The cherry blossoms are seen on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (WTOPEd Kelleher)
The cherry blossoms are seen on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (WTOP/Ed Kelleher)
The sun shines on the Washington Monument as the cherry blossoms bloom along the National Mall. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
The sun shines on the Washington Monument as the cherry blossoms bloom along the National Mall. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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The Jefferson Memorial as seen through the cherry blossoms. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
The Jefferson Memorial as seen through the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
A view of the Washington Monument through the cherry blossoms. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
A view of the Washington Monument through the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin near the FDR Memorial on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin near the FDR Memorial on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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A visitor takes a close up picture of the blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012 (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
A visitor takes a close up picture of the blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012 (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The Jefferson memorial with a branch full of cherry blossoms on Sunday March 18, 2012. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
The Jefferson memorial with a branch full of cherry blossoms on Sunday March 18, 2012. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Visitors to the Tidal Basin check out the cherry blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOPAndrew Mollenbeck)
Visitors to the Tidal Basin check out the cherry blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The Washington Monument framed by cherry blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (Andrew MollenbeckWTOP)
The Washington Monument framed by cherry blossoms on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (Andrew Mollenbeck/WTOP)
Cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (Jonathan WarnerWTOP)
Cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (Jonathan Warner/WTOP)
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Photographers at the Tidal Basin out early to capture the morning light on day one of the Cherry Blossom Festival and peak bloom. (WTOPDavid Cantillo)
Photographers at the Tidal Basin out early to capture the morning light on day one of the Cherry Blossom Festival and peak bloom. (WTOP/David Cantillo)
Good news The early Tuesday rain didnt damage the blossoms. (WTOPDavid Cantillo)
Good news: The early Tuesday rain didn't damage the blossoms. (WTOP/David Cantillo)
The sun rises Tuesday morning, the first day of peak bloom and the Cherry Blossom Festival. (WTOPDavid Cantillo)
The sun rises Tuesday morning, the first day of peak bloom and the Cherry Blossom Festival. (WTOP/David Cantillo)
Traffic built up at the Tidal Basin. (WTOPMark Segraves)
Traffic built up at the Tidal Basin. (WTOP/Mark Segraves)
Artist Justin Pyles paints pictures of the cherry blossoms. (WTOPMark Segraves)
Artist Justin Pyles paints pictures of the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Mark Segraves)
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Cherry blossoms in bloom in front of the Washington Monument. (WTOPMark Segraves)
Cherry blossoms in bloom in front of the Washington Monument. (WTOP/Mark Segraves)
Visitors paddle boat in the Tidal Basin near the cherry blossoms. (WTOPMark Segraves)
Visitors paddle boat in the Tidal Basin near the cherry blossoms. (WTOP/Mark Segraves)
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