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Photos: See D.C.'s cherry blossoms in peak bloom, bid farewell to 'Stumpy'

A person on a paddle board makes their way across the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.
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A person on a paddle board makes their way across the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C., throngs of people gather around the Tidal Basin to enjoy the peak bloom of the cherry blossom trees.

Later this spring, 158 of the trees will be cut down as part of a project to rebuild and raise the seawalls around the basin.

Among the trees to be removed is one very famous tree, known as "Stumpy."

It's a scraggly tree with a trunk that is mostly rotted out. At high tide, the base of the tree is flooded. Each spring, Stumpy's small branches burst into flower.

Our photographers captured the peak bloom, including final farewells to Stumpy.

Take a look:

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A beloved Cherry Blossom tree named 'Stumpy' blooms for the last time this as cherry blossoms reach peak bloom early at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. on March 18, 2024.
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A beloved cherry blossom tree named "Stumpy" blooms for the last time as the city's trees reach their peak bloom early at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., on March 18.
Erica Greig forms a heart with her fingers as she poses for a picture next to Stumpy, the most famous cherry tree along the Tidal Basin.
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Erica Greig forms a heart with her fingers as she poses for a picture next to "Stumpy," the most famous cherry tree along the Tidal Basin.
You can see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the distance as the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom.
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You can see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the distance as the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom.
The quinceñera dress colors for Elizabeth Romero of Northern Virginia matches the blooms of the cherry trees as she gets her photos taken with her court at the Tidal Basin.
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The colors of the quinceñera dress for Elizabeth Romero, of northern Virginia, match the cherry trees' blooms as she gets her photos taken with her court at the Tidal Basin.
Visitors were heard saying farewell as they pass by the cherished tree that has become a symbol of resilience.
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Visitors say their farewells as they pass by "Stumpy," the cherished tree along the Tidal Basin that's become a symbol of resilience.
An artist memorializes 'Stumpy' in watercolors.
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An artist memorializes "Stumpy" in watercolors.
Coverage of cherry trees and the peak bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. Cherry blossoms hover right above the Tidal Basin water level.
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Cherry blossoms hover above the water in the Tidal Basin.
People visit the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., during Cherry Blossom peak bloom on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024.
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People visit the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., during the cherry blossoms' peak bloom on Wednesday.
Coverage of cherry trees and the peak bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. A person uses a cell phone to compose a photo of Stumpy the cherry tree.
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Someone uses a cell phone to compose a photo of "Stumpy."
Jiayi Zheng leaves a flower for a beloved cherry blossom tree named 'Stumpy'. Visitors said goodbye as it will be cut down later this spring.
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Jiayi Zheng leaves a flower for the beloved cherry blossom tree named "Stumpy." Visitors said goodbye ahead of plans to cut it down later this spring.
Cherry blossoms carpet the ground around the Tidal Basin, in Washington, D.C.
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Cherry blossoms carpet the ground around the Tidal Basin.
A woman enjoys the Cherry blossoms during peak bloom. 'Stumpy' can be seen reflected in her sunglasses.
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A woman enjoys the cherry blossoms during their peak bloom. "Stumpy" can be seen reflected in her sunglasses.
Resident and visitors take photos of "Stumpy" the cherry tree in the Tidal Basin on Wednesday March 20th, 2024. Stumpy along with 150 more trees will be cut down later this spring as part of a project to rebuild and raise the seawalls around the basin.
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Residents and visitors take photos of "Stumpy" on Wednesday. "Stumpy," along with 150 other trees, will be cut down later this spring as part of a project to rebuild and raise the seawalls around Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin.
People photograph the cherry blossoms as they reached peak bloom early at the Tidal Basin.
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People photograph cherry blossoms as they reach their peak bloom around the Tidal Basin.
Coverage of cherry trees and the peak bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. A person poses with the cherry blossoms in their graduation outfit.
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A person poses with the cherry blossoms in their graduation outfit.
A girl touches the cherry blossoms.
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A girl touches the cherry blossoms.
Coverage of cherry trees and the peak bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. People were taking turns getting their photo taken with Stumpy,the most famous cherry tree at the Tidal Basin.
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People take turns getting their photo taken with "Stumpy," the most famous cherry tree around the capital's Tidal Basin.

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