Photo colleague Carla and I checked out potential images on Friday afternoon and concluded that the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin will not be ready for prime time until Monday or Tuesday. And the prospects for rain and snow on the weekend have raised some concerns that the blossoms may be damaged before then. A thorough article in the Washington Post provides the details.
On the positive side, the magnolia trees continued to be magnificent everywhere they are growing as illustrated in the image below.
Magnolia Trees at Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian Castle
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 35mm. Hand held, with fill flash 1/200th sec. @ f/16, ISO 400)
They also can be found, among other places, in the Outdoor Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, Rawlins Park between the two lanes of E Street, and a small stand near the Korean War Memorial.
Magnolia Trees Reflected in Korean War Memorial Pool
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm. Hand held, exposure of 1/160th sec. @ f/14, ISO 800)
In addition to the Magnolias, the weeping cherry trees are in excellent viewing condition, but tend to be found as single trees in various locations. The weeping willows along the Potomac are also looking very nice.
Weeping Willow Trees and Weeping Cherry along the Potomac
(Technical: Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 29mm. Hand held, exposure at 1/125th sec. @ f/14, ISO 400)
And if you are over in the Federal Triangle area, check out the newly restored Mellon Memorial Fountain at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue. I suspect it will look good in any weather.
Mellon Memorial Fountain, March 17, 2016
In the meantime,