Arctic air sunrise at the Tidal Basin
I made a trip to the Tidal Basin early on Saturday morning to shoot the sunrise, a day after the latest clipper storm system dropped an inch or two of snow on the area and Arctic air began flooding into our region. The Tidal Basin was covered with ice and snow, small snow drifts about 6" deep were scattered on the hillsides.
I set up my tripod on the edge of the Tidal Basin trail, facing the Jefferson Memorial, and photographed from dawn until sunrise. It's mornings like these where you realize there really is a lot of time between dawn and sunrise. My toes became quite cold as I stood there waiting for sunrise as the ice-cold wind blew across the open landscape.
Keep reading for more photos from my sunrise photo shoot.
Ultimately, the sunrise colors Saturday morning were not too impressive. Arctic air in our region is often characterized by dry and clear weather, which does not give the best sunrise colors. Fortunately, there was just enough cloud cover on the eastern horizon to give some color and definition to the sky, and the snow and ice on the Tidal Basin provided for a unique setting that is rarely seen in Washington.
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