The color in Rock Creek Park Saturday morning was spectacular. I spent a few hours photographing Rock Creek from the Taft Bridge to Peirce Mill.
I used the words “peak color” in the title of this post but there was still a lot of green along the creek bank. On the hillsides above the creek the trees were mostly in peak color but a few of the larger trees and hill tops were starting to turn brown. So, I went with the median and called it “peak color.”
Read below for more photos from Saturday.
Clouds covered the sun for much of my photo shoot. For a truly spectacular photo post of Rock Creek, check out Ian Livington’s post from last fall. Ian spent a weekend last November shooting Rock Creek and captured scenes with some very nice lighting.
It’s interesting to note that both Ian’s photo shoot and my photo shoot show the color of Rock Creek’s foliage peaking near mid-November, in back-to-back years. This is about a week or two later than most of the Washington area, and a month later than mountains to the west. Rock Creek, like many of the low lying areas around Washington, has a slightly warmer microclimate than the surrounding hills and elevated areas.
If you’re looking for a nice location to hike, run, or bike, check out Rock Creek Park. I choose Peirce Mill as one of my locations to shoot. It has good parking, a historic mill, public facilities, and access to the trails. I have learned that Rock Creek Park is one of the hidden treasures within Washington, D.C.