Ditch the Crowds and Experience D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms From Your Cubicle

With the threat of crowds and parking tickets, you may just want to live-stream the annual spring festival.

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Brian Resnick
April 10, 2014, 8:18 a.m.

Noth­ing re­lieves stress like a stroll among cherry blos­soms on a warm spring day. Doesn’t this GIF in­stantly re­lax you?

But plan­ning a trip to see the blooms around D.C.’s tid­al basin is fraught: The cherry blos­soms ap­pear for just a week or two each year, draw­ing in droves of cam­era-car­ry­ing tour­ists. Not all of us can stom­ach the crowds. Even if you’re in the area, time to see the flowers is already run­ning thin. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tion­al Cherry Blos­som web­site, the trees have already reached peak bloom.

And don’t even try to drive there, warns the AAA. One and a half mil­lion vis­it­ors and tour­ists are ex­pec­ted, and “an es­tim­ated of 144,000-plus park­ing tick­ets will be is­sued if last year’s rate of 6,000 park­ing tick­ets a day holds true,” AAA told a loc­al CBS af­fil­i­ate.

Don’t fear. You can vis­it the cherry blos­soms from the com­fort of your own cu­bicle, thanks to a live shot of the tid­al basin from Earth­Cam.com, where the trees are in full bloom. So, fire up the stream, put on some am­bi­ent nature sounds, and re­lax.

And if your boss asks you what you’re do­ing, point him or her to this re­search that sug­gest im­ages of nature boosts cre­ativ­ity.

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