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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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!

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