DC’s street trees help absorb carbon, improve air and water quality, provide shade, reduce air conditioning costs, block winter winds and can reduce heating costs, and, some argue, offer psychological and aesthetic benefits as well. More than a third of DC is covered by tree canopy, including about 145,000 street trees. Here are a few that I’m lucky to see every day, from just one short stretch of New Hampshire Avenue between Q and R Streets NW.
A Block Changes with the Seasons
Photos I took from the same vantage point show just how much the canopy covering New Hampshire Avenue changes over the course of several weeks.
Seeing the Trees for the Forest
The canopy as a whole is impressive, but it’s also worth taking the time to appreciate the beauty of each neighborhood tree.
To learn more about the specific trees in your neighborhood, check out the DC Urban Forestry Administration’s D.C. Street Trees Map.
All photos are copyrighted to Angela Napili.