A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, or Old Guard, acts as sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknowns on Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

Visiting Arlington National Cemetery is always a time for reflection and remembrance. The setting on a small hill overlooking D.C. offers visitors scenic views of the city as well. Numerous and varied trees throughout the hallowed grounds means lots of fall color arrives from late October  into November.

The days around Veterans Day have become my “go to” period for visiting the cemetery. Despite the gradual lessening of tourists as we head into winter, ceremonies are numerous at Arlington. Veterans Day also generally matches up with near peak color locally.

Saturday’s weather was fairly nice. Cool readings in the mid-50s during the late afternoon felt quite good, especially when spending time in the sun. A breeze sent the occasional batch of colorful leaves drifting about, mainly acting to help set the scene.

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The view from the top of Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 9, 2013., out across the Potomac River and into D.C. Perhaps the best location to see the most well known monuments/buildings all at once. How many can you spot? (Ian Livingston)

A large tree with orange leaves glistens in the sun at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

Golden colors along a trail at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

Light touches part of a hillside at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

A large tree grabs the late-day sun over a portion of Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

The sun begins to head for the horizon late in the afternoon of Nov. 9, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery. (Ian Livingston)

Typical for the date, color was right around peak, or maybe a bit past due to a number of fully bare trees from all the wind lately. More wind on Sunday and in the coming days promises to send us into stick season before we know it.

If only all precious moments could last forever…


I noticed high clouds streaming in while leaving the cemetery for my initial target of the riverbank at dusk. Given all the sweet sunsets we’ve had lately, I figured I’d push back into D.C. and go toward the Reflecting Pool.

It was especially busy down there, but the sunset definitely made it worth the walk!

The sun begins to set to the west southwest of the Lincoln Memorial on Nov. 9, 2013. (Ian Livingston)

Post-sunset clouds on Nov. 9, 2013 along the Reflecting Pool. This image is created using three exposures to maximize the tonal range. (Ian Livingston)

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