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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/15/2009

Great Falls Flowing, in Pictures and Video

By Kevin Ambrose

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The Potomac River flows fast and furious at Great Falls on Wednesday.

There was no sign of our recent drought at Great Falls this past Wednesday. The river, swollen from the recent rain, cascaded over the falls with a loud, constant roar. The vegetation surrounding the river was quite lush, with wild flowers blooming in pockets along the river bank. It was a delightful spring day for a photo shoot and hike.

I've started to experiment with video, in addition to photography, to help document the full context of the weather and location. Keep reading for a couple of short video clips and more photos from my visit to Great Falls...

Great Falls close up. Shot on May 13, 2009.

Great Falls wide view. Shot on May 13, 2009.

Great Falls, photographed from the Virginia side of the Potomac River, May 13, 2009.

Great Falls close up, May 13, 2009.

Wild flowers along the banks of the Potomac River at Great Falls, May 13, 2009.

By Kevin Ambrose  | May 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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We were out there mid-morning on Saturday -- very impressive views -- and some of the trail north from the Visitor Center toward Riverbend had been blocked off with red tape. Plenty of riverwrack all along the trail. We also saw a jack-in-the-pulpit, a first for us.

Posted by: dcbyday | May 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Pretty cool, for those interested here's a picture of jack-in-the-pulpit. We have some growing on our property.

Sometimes, the poisonous green wildflower can have some reddish brown coloration.

Posted by: spgass1 | May 15, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: roverfind | May 15, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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