Photos: the end of a glorious fall season; meteorological winter starts Thursday


Spitler’s Knob, Shenandoah National Park (Cortez Austin)

We’ve had a beautiful autumn in the D.C. metro region and surrounding mountains, Bay, and seashore. Since late October, we’ve received an unbelievable number of stunning photographs showcasing this most picturesque of seasons.

Last week, photographer Cortez Austin sent me his gallery of fall photos from around the region and my jaw dropped. He graciously has permitted me to share some of his photos with you here. Enjoy!


The Tidal Basin (Cortez Austin)


Sunrise, Shenandoah National Park (Cortez Austin)

Shimmering Forest, Shenandoah National Park (Cortez Austin)

Rose River Falls, Shenandoah National Park (Cortez Austin)

Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park (Cortez Austin)

White-tailed deer, Rock Creek Park (Cortez Austin)

Tidal Basin (three photos, 1 normal exposure, 1 overexposed, 1 underexposed combined in Photoshop) (Cortez Austin)

Smart Weed and Aster, National Arboretum (Cortez Austin)

Luke, National Zoo (Cortez Austin)

Tidal Basin panorama (4 vertical photos combined in Photoshop) (Cortez Austin)

Now time to bring on winter! Keep your cameras ready for snow photography....

Related: Washington, D.C. fall scenes from Weather Gang readers | Foggy fall foliage (Kevin Ambrose) | Glorious fall weekend inspires brilliant photography | Fall color peaking in D.C. metro region | Rock Creek Park fall photos (Ian Livingston) | Fall foliage Friday: Washington, D.C.’s amazing autumn color

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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