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A snowy rescue, snowkiting on the Mall, and sunset photos (PHOTOS)

A U.S. Park Police helicopter lifts off from the National Mall in front of the White House after a rescue effort late afternoon March 3. (Ian Livingston)

Despite not checking in with each other first, we both managed to visit the National Mall after the snow on Monday. It was only after leaving that we figured out we were both down there at the same time and missed each other by minutes at several locations.

We both were fascinated by the snowkiters who sailed across the National Mall near the Washington Monument with kites and snowboards.  The snowkites, which resemble small parachutes, would sometimes catch a strong gust of wind and launch their riders up to six feet into the air.   Often, the riders landed gracefully but a few times they took a tumble.  It looked like a lot of fun!

We both finished our day with a photo shoot of the National Mall and Capitol after dusk.  It’s a classic Washington scene.

Will this be our last snow shoot of the season?  There have been a lot of winter storms this season to photograph but cherry blossoms are about a month away.  Maybe this the year we can shoot cherry blossoms in the snow again?  It’s been that kind of winter.  Only time will tell…

Three snowkites are in the air over the National Mall, March 3, 2014.  Each kite pulls a rider on a snowboard.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Catching some air on the National Mall, March 3. (Ian Livingston)

Snowkiting over the National Mall, March 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

Tidal Basin as the sun was setting on March 3. (Ian Livingston)

A snowkite launches its rider into the air, March 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

Post snow sunset at the Tidal Basin on March 3. (Ian Livingston)

A beautiful sunset is the backdrop to a snowkiter on the Mall, March 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

Catching air at sunset on the National Mall, March 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)
A crescent moon hangs over the Washington Monument on March 3. (Ian Livingston)
A crescent moon hangs over the Washington Monument on March 3. (Ian Livingston)

The National Mall and U.S. Capitol after dusk on March 3. (Ian Livingston)

The Mall and Capitol after dusk, March 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

The snowkiters of the National Mall. From left to right, David Markle, Andrew Anderson, and Lon Phan. (Kevin Ambrose)
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