Snow in Rock Creek Park

February 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

When I heard, before the storm, that we were going to get some snow, I got excited. I thought I might drive out to Shenandoah to shoot a sunrise with snow covering the Blue Ridge Mountains. But, in Washington, DC, we got hit with a whopping 22 inches of snow in just one weekend! There was no way that I would be able to get out of town. The city was completely buried.

So, I decided to shoot local. Last week, I posted some images that I shot at the Tidal Basin shortly after Snowzilla, the great Washington snowstorm of 2016. But I really wanted to shoot some snow in a wilderness setting. Fortunately for me, we have a bit of wilderness right in the heart of Washington, namely Rock Creek Park.

Boulder Bridge with snowBoulder Bridge with snowBoulder Bridge and Rock Creek in Washington, DC, covered in deep snow. My first stop was to Boulder Bridge, one of the most iconic features of Rock Creek Park. It wasn't very easy getting there with all the snow, but it was worth it. The creek was mostly frozen over, which allowed me to get the shot above without getting swept away in the rapids. I think the amount of snow and the unusual vantage point make the photo unique and quite compelling.

I took this next photo of the creek from Rapids Bridge. The height gave me a nice perspective and you can see just how much snow we received.

Rock Creek with snowRock Creek with snowSnow and ice cover Rock Creek in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC. I took lots of photos of the snow in Rock Creek Park, but I normally prefer only to post one or two at a time. However, I like this next one as well, so I'm posting a third. It's a classic shot of Boulder Bridge, but with snow and this time with a bit more blue sky.

Blue skies over snow-covered Boulder BridgeBlue skies over snow-covered Boulder BridgeBlue skies over a snow-covered Boulder Bridge and Rock Creek in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.

With all this snow and ice, the creek looks a bit tame. However, in the parts I've been shooting, it's anything but tame. For a fun comparison, here are two photos I took of the creek a couple of years ago in the early fall:

Fall Color at Rock CreekFall Color at Rock CreekFall foliage around Rock Creek in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC. Autumn at Rock CreekAutumn at Rock CreekFall foliage around Rock Creek in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.


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