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)

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)