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Getting the Hang of Spring

Campus Blooms With Color Despite 2023’s Weather Oddity

By Maryland Today Staff

red Converse sneakers peek out of a blue hammock on McKeldin Mall

Geology major Helen Hutchinson '24 relaxes on McKeldin Mall, one of many students who embrace hammock life as the weather beautifies.

Photo by Hong H. Huynh

A winter that almost wasn’t segued into a spring short on rain (despite this weekend’s spritzing) and the first official drought to descend on the D.C. region in five years. But weather weirdness hasn’t stopped the burst of color that’s brightened the University of Maryland campus, from cherry blossom fluff to riotous redbuds to stately tulips on McKeldin Mall.

As the semester approaches its home stretch, Terps are unfurling a hammock, securing a perch near the ODK Fountain and setting up to study under the sun’s increasingly sultry rays.

Enjoy Maryland Today’s gallery of spring images–then get outside to enjoy the weather before anything else weird happens.

two students sit on branch of tree

Hayden Earlewine '26 and Dason Miller ’25 occupy a position high above the fray near Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Madison Wells-James '23)

red tulips near the sundial on McKeldin Mall

Tulips brighten the center of McKeldin Mall as a game of Frisbee catch proceeds on the greened-up grass. (Photo by Hong H. Huynh)

student wears white headphones and works on laptop covered with stickers while sitting at picnic table

Gem Miller 24’s laptop mirrors the colors of spring as the communication major studies outside Dorchester Hall. (Photo by Hong H. Huynh)

students walk on McKeldin Mall

After serving mainly as a thoroughfare to class during the winter, McKeldin Mall again becomes a destination for sunbathing, studying and sports when the weather warms up. (Photo by Hong H. Huynh)

two students sit on edge of ODK Fountain

Mechanical engineering major Joseph Andaya ‘26 (left) and civil and environmental engineering major Floricel Buencamino ’25 dip their toes into the ODK Fountain on a hot spring day. (Photo by Hong H. Huynh)

gate with cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms beautify the 1910 Gateway, now reopened to pedestrian traffic after closure for work on the light-rail Purple Line. (Photo by John T. Consoli)

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