Great Falls National Park, in Black and White

A Friday morning in February, a 23 degree wind chill, and high water made for stunning falls and a park practically to ourselves. On nice weekends Great Falls can be packed, with people everywhere picnicking and taking pictures, and a line of cars waiting for others to leave so they can enter. But today it was peaceful and quiet, other than the sound of the water.

Typically I don’t see and hear the Potomac River from the parking lot, but today the high water and mist was visible through the bare trees and the roar was audible.

Through the Trees

We took a short walk along the canal,

C & O Canal

C & O Canal 2

to the overlooks. You can see that we had a lot of rain this week!

Falls from Lookout 1 number 2

Falls Close Up 1

Falls Close Up 2

Falls from Lookout 1


Falls Medium View

High Water at Great Falls

Rocks in Mist

I could have stayed longer and played with the shutter speed a bit, but considering that my companion wanted to do this:

My Companion

(this was a safe spot for climbing, but still, he wanted to climb everything), and the water below looked like this:

The Water Below

with numerous posted warnings about the dangers of falls and drownings in those very spots, I could only work with the camera so much.

But still. It was well worth the trip for a morning out in such a glorious spot.

Great Falls from Lookout 3


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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  1. Pingback: Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail | Rebecca Breed Pepper

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