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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Easter Sunrise in Washington

By Kevin Ambrose

* Summer sunburst: Full Forecast | March recap: A month of melting *

The sun peeks over the Jefferson Memorial at 7:17am on Easter Sunday morning. I used an external flash to illuminate the blossoms in the foreground while the sun provided plenty of glow to the rest of the scene.

It was 6:10 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning and I was crawling toward the Tidal Basin in a blossom-related traffic jam. I was hoping to do a sunrise photo shoot, but I also had to be back for an Easter service at 8:00am to watch my kid sing in the choir. With sunrise at 6:48 a.m., there was not much time to photograph.

Keep reading to see more photos of the sunrise with the cherry blossoms....

The Tidal Basin at 6:50am, two minutes after sunrise.

As I approached the Lincoln Memorial, the police had blocked the road. I followed traffic to the Jefferson Memorial and discovered the road to the Tidal Basin was open from that direction. I quickly parked near where I wanted to photograph and set up my tripod just in time to capture the colors of dawn at 6:22 a.m.

I worked down the western side of the Tidal Basin, moving my camera and tripod a few trees at a time. I took my last photo at 7:20 a.m. and was fortunate to make a quick exit out of D.C. I went home and found that my family had already left for church. I quickly changed and was at church by 8:05 a.m. Five minutes late to church, not too bad considering the early morning adventure.

The horizon glows at dawn, 6:22 a.m.

The Washington Monument with cherry blossoms at 7:20 a.m.

By Kevin Ambrose  | April 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Posted by: kmill67 | April 6, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

These are spectacular. Your use of light really enhances these scenes. What a beautiful city we are privileged to call home. Thanks for getting up early to capture those moments. Before you even got to church, you had your own private sunrise service!

Posted by: scienceteacher3 | April 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate the comments. I usually make at least 2 or 3 trips to the Tidal Basin to photograph the blossoms, but I felt fortunate just to squeeze in one trip this year.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful! I did sunrise (well, the tail end of it anyways) @ the basin this year and last. I liked the slight rain/mist of last year.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | April 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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