Doing hair on the PotomacDoing hair on the Potomac i'm still developing my mini portfolio for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and so returned there early this morning. I wasn't able to see any "inspirational" photos but did find some other things to shoot. I thought the idea of doing hair on a fishing pier on the Potomac was really cool and they didn't mind that I'd taken their picture. The creepy, alien looking plant is actually the burst of leaves starting to bloom from a sugargum tree. The bridge...well, it's the bridge...I really like the darn thing but need a couple more interesting photos. I'll keep going back until my eye and my brain cooperate.
One more picture from yesterday...an otter!!! I did not know that Huntley Meadows had otters...I know that beavers are EVERYWHERE because, after all, that is what created this great wetlands park, and I know that there are muskrats because I've seem the furry little beasts...but otters!?! This one popped up in a bush not too, too far away with a fish in his mouth and, I imagined, a twinkle in his eye. He looked right at me and then seemed to pose all the while I was madly changing my camera settings from timed exposures to "normal,"...I did not want to only capture a blur! He posed for perhaps a minute and then headed off. Then he stopped and looked at me some more, then a little further, then stopped again, and then under and away. Fun!
Today I went to Huntley Meadows Park and was rewarded with a stunning sunrise meeting sparkling water reflecting blue from the brilliant morning sky. The sun had actually been up for a few minutes when I arrived at the lake. The trees were bright golden, like shining brass and the water was Banff Lake-like from the reflecting sky. Amazing light that had a few low stratus clouds. During the next three hours I took advantage of the changing light to tell the Park's springtime story. Truly a glorious morning!
This first shot is an example...the sun is rising over the trees behind me painting the forest on the other side of the lake a brassie gold color, but, the shadows of the trees behind me are literally splitting the lakes reflection into two bands of color, the darker from the fleeting shadows that will soon be gone as the sun finally drives the dawn away.
The next two were taken about 20 minutes after sunrise. The golden shades are disappearing but the winds haven't started yet so the waters are picking up the bright blue sky.
Two hours after sunrise and things are beginning to change. The temperature is above 40 degrees and the wind is starting to blow.
Well, perhaps not a bird's eye view but not something normally seen. This was taken on Saturday the 14th and I'm at the top of a hotel just south of the Potomac River looking over the 14th St bridge. The bridge is actually several bridges all clustered around the 14th St entrance into DC, hence, the collective name, "14th St Bridge." The shot was taken about an hour before sunset; lots of cars headed into town, perhaps to see the cherry blossoms in bloom since Saturday was going to be the last day before a period of colder weather and heavy rain. From the left side of the photo, the landmarks are, Washington Memorial, National Cathedral (way in the back sticking up high on the horizon), the old Post Office Pavilion (now a hotel), the Jefferson Memorial (the white dome at the far end of the 14th St Bridge), and the Capitol Building on the far right. Cool city.
I was up early this morning...but not on purpose, Kyle had practice at 6:30 and so I thought that since I was up, I might as well head for DC and the Cherry Blossom festival. The cold weather has kept the blossoms from fading at the normal pace so despite the fact that they've been blossoming for quite a while, they still look good. I had my parking all planned out; I'd go into town on the Memorial Bridge and turn right by the Lincoln Memorial to get on the Rock Creek Park Trail road, drive to the end of that road which would put me right next to the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. And..at 6:30 in the morning, who else would be up?!? What I had NOT counted on was that this was THE day of the Cherry Blossom parade and the big vendor gathering. The Rock Creek Trail had been turned into one way...and not the way I wanted. And there were many, many people and CARS! I circled around to Hains Point Park and fortunately, the masses had not yet discovered the parking lots underneath the 14th Street Bridge which are only a couple of hundred yards from the Tidal Basin.
The sun was well past "up" by the time I got to the Basin and although the walkways weren't jammed, there were many, many people. In fact, I found the people more interesting than the cherry blossoms. The weather was perfect, the people were laughing and smiling, and EVERYONE was taking pictures. Me, too.