PHOTOS: Cherry blossoms bloom in the DC area

D.C.’s well-loved cherry blossoms are blooming in a mosaic of pinks and whites, ushering the start of a new season.

Though several events that are a part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival have been canceled due to measures to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, nature perseveres.

In response to a question on social media about social distancing during the outbreak, the National Park Service said that sunrise and early-morning viewings are good ways to avoid crowds.

Instead of heading to the Tidal Basin, you can view the cherry blossoms from your computer screen.

The park service also recommends spreading out to find the blooms around the Tidal Basin, Constitution Gardens and the Washington Monument.

If you plan to stay home but don’t want to miss their short-lived beauty, here are some photos to enjoy.

University of Washington freshman Byron Chen walks on the campus among the nearly 30 cherry trees nearing their peak bloom Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Seattle. The school is asking people to avoid coming to campus this year to comply with orders prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people during the spread of COVID-19. The "Somei-yoshino" variety are particularly striking when they reach full bloom because unlike many other flowering tree species, their white-pink blossoms bloom before the leaves start filling in. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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