D.C. Hunkers Down During Cherry Blossom Season (photos)

It has been a season unlike any other. For over 100 years, the iconic display of cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin, and the many related festivities, have been one of the star attractions in the District.

As it turned out, this year’s display, though a bit earlier than expected, was no less spectacular. Missing were the Park Service tents, food vendors and the National Cherry Blossom Festival stage. For safety reasons due to justified concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the city finally had to resort to mass street closures to keep large crowds away. But there was a brief window for a few days early on when foot trafic was quite sparce, as the flowers approached peak bloom when it was possible to capture the scene.

View Jeff Malet’s photos from the Tidal Basin, plus scenes from elsewhere around the city related to the shut-down, by clicking on the photo icons below.


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