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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Early fall scenes on the Mall

By Kevin Ambrose

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Yellow wild flowers, possibly golden asters, bloom on the Mall. This photo was taken at the National Museum of the American Indian on Sunday morning.

Did you get outside this past weekend? The weather was hard to top. I was on the Mall Sunday morning for a photo shoot and overheard several people remarking about the wonderful weather. Even the sports announcers during Sunday night's Redskins game at FedEx Field remarked about the fine weekend weather in Washington.

I skipped a sunrise shoot this time, but arrived on the Mall early Sunday morning as the sun was rising above the museums. There was a slight chill in the air, but bright sunshine with a cloudless sky quickly warmed the temperature to a very comfortable level. A refreshing breeze blew from the southwest, which became briefly gusty by late morning, but then rapidly subsided during the early afternoon. On the Mall, fall flowers were in bloom and the leaves on the trees were just starting to change color. The weather in Washington doesn't get much better.

Read below for more flowers and scenes of the Mall from last weekend.

Roses bloom near the Smithsonian Castle.

A Monarch butterfly stops at some wild flowers near the Museum of the American Indian. The Monarchs are migrating south through our area.

The carousel on the National Mall, near the Smithsonian Metro stop.

Hanging flowers near the Smithsonian.

Red and yellow roses bloom near the Smithsonian Castle.

By Kevin Ambrose  | October 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Beautiful, as always, Kevin! :)

Posted by: MKoehl | October 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice shots Kevin. It was a great weekend. I took my camera out for the first time in like a month or more on Saturday. Here's one shot of some early color from the Virginia side of the Potomac.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Those look like sunflowers [Helianthus spp.]. We had them blooming last month on the W&OD Trail, but they've dropped all their petals by now.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I've seen so very few monarch butterflies these last couple years. I encourage those who have the yard space to plant milkweed plants to help out the species.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...12z GFS looks to be giving us a shot of winter for Halloween! Pesky 12 day forecasts...just more of a reminder that its almost Dec. 5, snowlovers!

Posted by: DullesARC | October 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful! Nothing like crisp, clear, sunny skies as a backdrop for fall flowers.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | October 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a coreopsis to me (tickseed is one common name).

Posted by: nyckelharpist | October 20, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse


nyckleharpist: The flowers look similar to tickseed, but the leaves seem much rounder. It may be Helianthus, like Bombo47jea suggested? I am not sure.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | October 21, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

True, most of the tickseeds I see have much narrower leaves, but not all of them:

Posted by: nyckelharpist | October 21, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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