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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 11/11/2010

A touch of color at the Capitol

By Kevin Ambrose

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Colorful foliage at the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

Despite predictions that a hot, dry summer might diminish our colorful fall foliage, the trees in our area seemed to respond to recent rain and have put on a nice show color during the past few weeks. We usually see our peak fall color from November 1 to November 15, but many trees this year began to change color a week or two before Halloween.

On October 22, I joined thousands of area runners on a trip to the DC Armory to pick up race packets for the Army Ten-Miler road race that was to occur the following Sunday, on October 24. On the way to the Armory, I decided to visit the Capitol to check out the foliage that was just starting to show signs of change. Patches of yellow and red leaves dotted the green landscape around the Capitol and the adjacent neighborhoods. I walked around the Capitol grounds and took a few photos knowing that in two days I'd be in the Army Ten-Miler road race, running past the same scene, but only caring about mile markers and water stops, not colorful leaves.

Read below to see more photos.


A close-up of maple leaves turning color with the Capitol's Statue of Freedom in the background, October 22, 2010.

Ultimately, the weather conditions for my photo shoot and the Army Ten-Miler race were perfect, sunny skies and mild temperatures prevailed on both days. I ran the race in 66 minutes, and as I expected, I did not look at a single leaf during the run. But at least during the race packet pickup I was able to check out the fall foliage and take a few photos of the changing color on that beautiful weekend in October.

Colorful foliage at the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

Colorful foliage at the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

Colorful foliage on Seward Street, near the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

Colorful foliage on Seward Street, near the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

Colorful foliage at the Capitol, October 22, 2010.

By Kevin Ambrose  | November 11, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Latest, Photography  | Tags:  capitol, fall, foliage  
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Gorgeous, Kevin!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 11, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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