Snow at the Tidal Basin

February 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Sunstar over a frozen Tidal BasinSunstar over a frozen Tidal BasinThe Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, is frozen over after Snowzilla, one of the largest snowstorms in DC history. The shore is blanketed with snow and a woman sitting on a half buried park bench checks her phone while the setting sun forms a sunstar as it peeks through the bare branches of a cherry tree. In my last blog entry, I wrote about how warm the weather was at Christmas. Just a month later things have really changed! On January 22 and 23, Washington was hit by a snowstorm dubbed "Snowzilla". The National Park Service measured 22 inches of snow at the White House and some of the northern suburbs received as much as 3 feet of snow!

Snow, cherry tree, and a sunstarSnow, cherry tree, and a sunstarThe sun sets on a snow covered Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The sun peeks through the bare branches of a cherry tree, forming a sunstar. Two feet of snow is quite a lot for a city like Washington, which normally doesn't ever receive more than a couple of inches of snow at a time. While many saw the storm as a big headache (it shut down the entire city for days), others saw it as an opportunity for sledding and snowball fights. I saw it as the perfect opportunity to shoot some landscapes.

Snowy sunset on the Jefferson MemorialSnowy sunset on the Jefferson MemorialThe sun sets behind a filter of high clouds at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, after one of the biggest snowstorms in DC history.

All these images are from the Tidal Basin, one of my favorite places in Washington. The panoramas feature the Thomas Jefferson Memorial at sunset. I think they all turned out great and I had a lot of fun shooting them. I will follow-up soon with another blog post featuring some more images I shot just after the storm.

Panorama of a snowy Tidal Basin at sunsetPanorama of a snowy Tidal Basin at sunsetPanorama sunset of the Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, and the skyline for Arlington, Virginia, after one of the biggest snowstorms in DC history.


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