Recent rain swelled the Potomac River to near flood stage this weekend, from Shepherdstown, W.Va., to Georgetown. To showcase the high water level, I decided to shoot a few sunset photos and videos Sunday at Great Falls.

The scene was breathtaking.

The Great Falls Park Facebook page noted the water level at the falls was 25 feet above average, gushing downstream at 630,000 gallons (84,000 cubic feet) per second.

“The Potomac water is really pumpin’ today,” it said.

The river crested at 2 p.m. Sunday and is now slowing falling.

To accentuate the motion of the turbulent waters, I also shot a time lapse video, compressing one hour of footage into 30 seconds.

The swollen river in time-lapse looks kind of crazy in fast motion; it bounces and churns very rapidly. I’m undecided if the time-lapse looks cool or distracts from the smooth flow of the clouds above. You can be the judge.

There is still time to check out the fast-flowing water at Great Falls since the river level will be high through Wednesday.

Below find more photos and video …

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