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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The equinox sunrise and its reflection in Washington, D.C.

A time-lapse video showing dawn at the Reflecting Pool and the rising sun reflected on the Vietnam Memorial’s granite surface. (Kevin Ambrose)

I had an unusual plan for Saturday’s equinox sunrise shoot. I wanted to shoot a time-lapse video of the sun reflecting on the Vietnam Memorial’s granite surface as it rose above the horizon. But, before the sunrise, I wanted to shoot a time-lapse video of dawn at the recently renovated Reflecting Pool. The plan required a bit of a rush between the two sites, but they are fairly close together so I wasn’t worried about the timing.

Ultimately, the plan worked out well but it did produce an unexpected result. I found a cool view of the sunrise as I walked between the Reflecting Pool and the Vietnam Memorial. I stopped and took a quick photo which is displayed below. The photo was luck, it was not part of the plan.

My plan was almost ruined, however, at the Vietnam Memorial. I found a cleaning crew busy at work washing the memorial’s granite surface. They reminded me of a car wash crew as they scrubbed the wall with soap and water.

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The equinox sunrise on Saturday morning, September 22, 2012. A larger version of this photo can be found here. (Kevin Ambrose)
The cleaning crew was very nice and they gave me plenty of room to shoot my video before moving in with a garden hose, brushes, and sponges. I have included three photos of the cleaning crew washing the Vietnam Memorial.


Dawn on Saturday morning, September 22, 2012. I was suprised by the amount of algea that was in the Reflecting Pool closest to the Lincoln Memorial. A larger version of this photo can be found here.


The rising sun is reflected by the Vietnam Memorial’s dark granite surface, September 22, 2012. A larger version of the photo can be found here. (Kevin Ambrose)


The rising sun produces a golden glow on the Vietnam Memorial as a volunteer hoses down the wall for cleaning, September 22, 2012. (Kevin Ambrose)


Volunteers and a NPS ranger wash the Vietnam Memorial, September 22, 2012. (Kevin Ambrose)

Washing the Vietnam Memorial with the reflection of sunrise, September 22, 2012. A larger version of the photo can be found here. (Kevin Ambrose)

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