Signs of Spring

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard.

As the cold of winter starts to leave, we experience the new beginning of spring every year. When spring begins to arrive, we can see the buds appearing on trees, crocus flowers popping up from the hard ground, and daffodils blooming along the side of the road. It is one of my favorite times of the year. The energy, color, and freshness of the earth is something to behold. 

I love to get out on the weekends or for sunrise/sunset to capture this new beginning’s essence. 

Here are some of my favorite local places to really see the birth of spring. I hope you will get out on those windy March days and celebrate the new beginning of spring. 

  • The National Arboretum is a great place to spot the early signs of spring. Crocus flowers popping up, Red Bud and Cherry Trees starting to bloom. The national park is large, with trails to explore. There is a cherry treemap to download to see all the unique varieties. 
  • The Parterre, at the Smithsonian Haupt Garden is one of the more popular places to see the beautiful early blooms of the saucer magnolia trees. They are spectacular to see. Get out early, the gates open by 10:00 am. 
  • The Congressional Cemetary in DC is a historical cemetery with a beautiful grove of early blooming cherry trees. They are some of the first to bloom in the city. This is a great place to visit on the weekend, walk the historic cemetery, and capture the trees’ beauty. Nearby is the farmer’s market at Eastern Market. 
  • Rawlins Park is a small park off the National Mall. There is easy street parking. The first bloomers of the Saucer Magnolias are perfect at this spot. Grab a warm beverage and plan to sit and enjoy these trees’ beauty in a quiet park. 


  • For a short day trip, the Lewis Ginter gardens near Richmond make for a perfect spring outing. The park is easy to walk in a day and has many spring plants to see. They start blooming a little earlier than in Northern Virginia, so it is a nice spot to visit in March. 

I hope you will brave the March wind and get out this spring to see nature in all its glory. 

“Listen, everyone has a chance. Is it spring, is it morning? Are there trees near you, and does your own soul need comforting? Quick, then––open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song may already be drifting away.” Mary Oliver.

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