Whether you stepped out for a quick second to walk your dog or caught some flowering trees on your grocery run, chances are that you spotted cherry blossoms in Seattle in full sprout mode. If you missed catching the action on the University of Washington's grounds, here's a blooming surprise: They just started a live stream of the pretty pink flowers to bring spring into your living room!
According to their website, thousands of people visit the campus every year to stroll through the 29 gigantic sakura trees — some of which are nearly 87 years old.
After Governor Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people in Washington state to combat the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday, and Public Health of Seattle & King County directed people to stay home, the university urged people to stay off the campus too.
But with their plea, they also dropped a pretty surprise: That fans of their priced posies would now be able to watch the sakura — virtually.
A live feed on YouTube is now pointing to the iconic UW Quad.
You can spot the buildings, the brick pathways, green lawns and of course, the star of the show, the cherry trees that are expected to be in peak bloom in the week of March 23, 2020.
You can watch the stream here and feel like you're actually there!
These blooms are so popular, that they already have their own Twitter handle so you can follow their journey without leaving your couch.
Its Twitter bio reads: "Photosynthesizer, tree hugger, ubiquitous selfie backdrop, pretty in pink, signaler of spring at the University of Washington since the 1960s."
Even if you can't snap those selfies this year, you can still indulge in some "Hanami" or the custom of viewing cherry blossoms, a reminder to celebrate life.
If you'd love to bookmark all the places in Seattle you can catch the cherry blossoms next spring (or to drive through while following social distancing protocols), here's an epic map that'll take you to them.