The forecast for peak blossoms is March 26-30, so I think you have a good chance of getting some good shots. My picture in this post was definitely after petals had been falling for a couple days. As far as lens choice goes, your 17-55 will be great. There may be a couple of creative shots you could try with a wider lens, but honestly none of mine were keepers. That being said, I'll tell you that some of the monuments are fun to shoot with a really wide lens...like standing in front of Abe or under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial.
Out of curiosity, I had a search for conferences with those dates. Fruit fly genetics? Who knew?! EDIT: I should say, "Who knew there was a conference for this?". I've long known the species genetics were studied.
If you are interested in meeting up, I'm happy to play photo guide over the weekend.
Thanks! I saw the forecast today- the fact that it's so close to the conference made me think I had a good enough chance of catching blossoms to ask the question. Glad to know my 17-55 will do well for this- I am starting to get better at maximizing what I can do with the gear I have, rather than thinking about what I could
do with more.
And yepp, fruit fly genetics conference! I've known about the conference since I've been in the field, but this will be my first year attending! Looking forward to that, as well as sneaking out to photograph cherry blossoms and the nat'l zoo...
I will certainly send you a message when I have a better idea when I'll be able to sneak away and photograph, sounds like a great time!