Farewell Cherry Blossoms! D.C. Says Goodbye to Brief Bloom
Cherry blossoms in the nation's capital attract thousands of tourists and photographers to marvel after their short-lived beauty.
Cherry blossoms bloom in front of the Jefferson Memorial on March 29, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
According to the National Park Service, the blossoms reached their peaked on March 25. With rain in the forecast, the cherry blossoms are on their way out. Take a look back at this year's best images.
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom at the Tidal Basin on March 22.
Peak bloom is considered to occur when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees along the Tidal Basin are in bloom. The NPS said that in past years, unusually warm or cold temperatures have resulted in peak bloom as early as March 15 and as late as April 18. The average date for blooming is April 4.
Magnolia trees bloom in front of the Washington Monument on March 18.
Cherry blossom trees bloom at the Tidal Basin on March 23. The District's cherry blossom festival, which began on March 20 and lasts until April 17, commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
Murali Mulakaluri of Reston, Va., holds his son Keshava Mulakaluri, 15 months, on his shoulders while photographing the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin on March 23.
People sit near the blooming cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on March 24.
Cherry blossoms bloom in the background as people operate paddle boats in the Tidal Basin on March 24.
Cherry blossoms bloom at the Tidal Basin on March 29.
Suzy Dodge, 32, left, and Justin Cook, 35, of Washington, pose for a portrait in advance of their wedding, for photographer Amelia Johnson, under cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Tidal Basin on March 24. In the background is the Jefferson Memorial, where the couple will marry on April 8th.
People stop to admire the blooming cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on March 24.
Cherry blossoms are lit by the sunrise in front of The Jefferson Memorial on March 24.
Cherry blossoms bloom along the Tidal Basin on March 24.