Washington, DC is home to many famous sights, but perhaps the most widely anticipated local event is the annual cherry blossom bloom which greets springtime in the city with gorgeously delicate pink blossoms. Now, you can see the blooms for yourself from anywhere in the world with BloomCam.
BloomCam offers multiple vantage points from which to observe the gorgeous trees and this year, a new camera has been added, called BudCam, which offers viewers an up-close look at the bloom stages of a particular branch.
These famous blossoms emerge on Japanese flowering cherry trees, or Yoshino trees, planted along the Tidal Basin area of the National Mall. The blossoms reach their peak around the end of March.
The first trees were planted in DC in 1912 by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador. Now, nearly 4,000 cherry trees adorn the area, including 12 of the original 3,018 trees.
“With limited access to the Tidal Basin this year due to the ongoing pandemic, BloomCam allows us to once again bring these cherished natural treasures on the National Mall to people everywhere so they can enjoy this spring rite of passage wherever they may be,” said Catherine Townsend, president of the Trust for the National Mall.
If you want to see the blooms for yourself, check out BloomCam on the National Mall website.