MMMaDespite the threat of rain, it was time for another dawn patrol to check on things in DC. After all, the entire city (or so the news played it) had experienced a power loss yesterday, who knows what conditions would be like around the monuments. First stop, the Lincoln Memorial about 30 minutes before sunrise. I figured with the dismal weather, there would be no one else about. But what had been a deserted plaza two days ago was now filled with about 50 twenty-somethings engaged in an energetic calisthenics workout . I managed to resist their enthusiasm and climbed the steps in search of a puddle that might provide an interesting reflection.
Reflections, Lincoln Memorial
Shortly afterwards, the entire gang of exercise enthusiasts came up the steps apparently having completed their routine and intent on giving themselves a standing ovation for their efforts. This was my cue to head over to the Tidal Basin.
The lights were still ablaze at the Martin Luther King Memorial and it was clear that the cherry trees were making excellent progress. In fact, they are ready to be photographed. So I obliged them, trying out a few new compositions of the Memorial with some of the trees as a backdrop. The image below is a sample.
Early Morning, Martin Luther King Memorial
The conditions in the Tidal Basin itself were less positive. The heavy cloud cover prevented any color from the rising sun and a medium breeze eliminated any chances for an interesting reflection in the water. But as the image below shows, the trees are doing their part.
Morning clouds, Tidal Basin
Finally, to provide a better idea of the status of the blossoms this morning, the image below shows a close-up.
If today’s forecast of temperatures in the low 50s holds true, the blossoms’ emergence will be a little less rapid. My advice: get down there as soon as you think the weather is favorable for your visit. The crowds will be there soon.