Autumn's First Dusk at the National WWII Memorial
Fall often provides several stretches of pleasant weather each year -- notwithstanding the next few days of rather gloomy conditions -- and the beginning of the astronomical season happened to fall in the middle of one such stretch on Monday. Temperatures were running a few degrees above average, and many people were out enjoying the evening. It felt as if there was still a little summer left, but the colors were decidedly autumnal.
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I arrived on the National Mall about an hour before sunset with dusk on my mind. Summer-like dew points near 60 degrees helped produce a haze that turned the evening sky copper. As the light dwindled, subtle pink and orange hues from the sky reflected off the memorial, producing beautiful (if fleeting) moments.
The photos below are in chronological order and were taken over a half-hour period from official sunset until the sky began going black.
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