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Thanks to Jack for sending:

“The driver of this Capitol Paving dump truck snagged a street tree leaning out over 19th Street in Mount Pleasant. Then, instead of getting out to find out why her truck wasn’t moving, she just stuck it into low gear and let ‘er rip. And down came the Norway Maple at the corner of 19th and Lamont.”

Cherry Blossom Season from Lorie Shaull on Vimeo.

Lorie Shaull writes:

“This year I set out to capture the stretch of time from when spring begins to arrive in Washington DC and, along with it, the anticipation of cherry blossoms to come on through to the petals falling after peak bloom. A late spring snow with the Tidal Basin frozen over seemed an unseasonably cold but good day to begin recording the cherry blossom season. Locations: Tidal Basin, Congressional Cemetery, National Arboretum.

The song, “When the Moon Begins to Arise,” was kindly provided by Davide Martello. Two years ago, I was riding my bike near the mall in DC and happened to hear beautiful music; it turned out that Davide was playing his grand piano right there in the middle of the mall. About a week later, I was in New Orleans, I heard beautiful music and there again was Davide Martello! I’ve been enjoying his music ever since those two lucky little chance encounters.”

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I’ve been getting nominations since late February but I knew that was way to soon to start. But now that we’ve hit April – I think it’s fair to start the hunt. Though keep in mind, last year, we had a bunch in August. Anyway, this’ll be the first nomination a reader sends in from Georgetown “Merry Christmas!”.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From Casey Trees:

“In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, Casey Trees will present four educational hikes through Rock Creek Park with local author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley. During these hikes, participants will hike the entire length of two major hiking trails, the Valley Trail and the Western Ridge Trail, to see Rock Creek Park throughout the seasons.

The Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike will take place on February 1, 2015. During this first tour, participants will hike the Valley Trail, after a linking hike on the Theodore Roosevelt Trail. The spring hike, on April 12, will take place along the Rock Creek floodplain and its upland woods, where participants will learn about Rock Creek’s woody plants and spring wild flowers. The subsequent hikes will take place on June 28 and October 25, 2015.

The distance of each hike is about 5 miles with some elevation change. All hikes are open to the general public. Participants may register for each hike separately for a fee of $35 or for the entire series at a discounted rate of $125.

Each registered participant will receive a copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, recounting the park’s many seasonal change and how it park came to be. Becoming one of the first federally managed parks in 1890 after broad deforestation during the U.S. Civil War, the park has since regained its lush canopy. The Rock Creek Park (Administration) will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with numerous events and initiatives.

For more information on the tree tours, visit here.”

Ed. Note: first tour is already booked but the next three are available here, here, and here.