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Cherry Blossom in Washington DC Peak Bloom

West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin with its flowering Japanese cherry blossom trees are under the care of the National Park Service. A horticulturist by the name of Robert DeFeo is the Park Service's cherry blossom expert and according to Mr. DeFeo peak bloom time (or peak bloom period) is defined as when 70 percent or more of Cherry trees are in full bloom. This is also the time which attracts tourists (both local and worldwide) to take pictures of cherry blossom trees so they can say they were a part of the DC cherry blossom experience.

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Paddle boat rentals to see the cherry blossoms

If the moment moves you, paddle boats (pedal boats, really), can be rented in 2 or 4 seat versions for you to tour the Tidal Basin in the water rather than walking the path that surrounds it. Contact Tidal Basin Paddle Boats, 1501 Maine Ave, SW,...

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Visitors strolling on a path with the cherry blossoms

Visitors coming to witness the cherry blossoms during peak bloom stroll upon a path surrounding the Tidal Basin, about 40 minutes before sunset on March 20, 2012.

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Cherry blossom cluster partially framing the Jefferson Memorial

This photo, along with all other photos in the DC Photo Gallery, are available as 24x24 inch frameable prints, printed upon heavy-stock Epson Professional Photographic paper. Call 301-493-9273 if you have any questions.

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Military helicopter fly over

Across the Tidal Basin waters can be seen a military helicopter flying over the Jefferson Memorial. An interesting aspect of living in the Washington, DC metro area is there are helicopters flying around all day, every day: Navy, Marines, Air Force,...

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Blossoms, birds and a Memorial

Aside from this being a grand photo all around, what's particularly interesting is if you look on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial you can see people walking around and resting: seeing the size of the people walking around on the steps will give you ...

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Seagull floating on the breeze

The sea is not really all that close (relatively speaking) to DC as it's 3 hour drive, but the Chesapeake Bay is (40 minute drive). The gull seems to be enjoying the water in the Tidal Basin while viewing the Yoshino cherry blossom trees and if he's...

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Climb a tree for a better view

A boy scaled a cherry tree planted on the edge of the Tidal Basin in order to secure a better view of the panoramic wonder that is the blooming cherry trees in Washington, DC.

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360 year old stone lantern from Japan

Presented to the city of Washington on March 30, 1954, this stone lantern symbolizes the enduring cultural friendship that was re-formed between Japan and the United States after World War II.

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A sea of blooms

The scene during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is almost surreal; there are millions and millions of cherry blossom blooms to see in just a few minute walk through the park.

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Dr. King overlooking the Nation's Capital

The massive granite sculpture of Dr. King memorial looks over the Tidal Basin with a taciturn expression.

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