Icy Leesylvania State Park Sunrise

Even though tempetures are beginning to rise and Spring is upon us, just a couple of weeks ago things were much colder. 

I started the morning with an unfavorable 4am blaring of the alarm. This is the time that I hate. Time to make the decision to get my gear around and go shoot or to just get back into the nice and toasty bed that I just left. I usually take a look outside (although it is dark) and see if there any signs of clouds. I then check the weather and try and make a educated guess on if it will be worth heading out or not. Ultimately this whole routine usually just comes down to a hunch! On this morning I decided that although I didn't see any clouds and the weather called for clear skies I was going to head out anyways. About 25 miles outside of Washington D.C. on the tidal shores of the Potomac River is Leesylvania State Park. The park consist of many miles of hiking trails, shoreline and a great place to launch your boat. However none of these things are what draw me here. Im here for the amazing sunrises that often happen over the river and that align themselves so well with the very photogenic fishing pier that jets into the water. On this morning when I arrived with about half an hour to spare before sunrise the tempeture was tetering on fifteen degrees with very little wind. I must admit even though I was dressed for the cold temps, I wasn't excited to leave my nice warm vehicle! As I grabbed my gear and headed to the shore to set up I could hear the amazing sound of all the ice cracking and started to get excited about what I was about to see. When I arrived at the river bank I was awarded with the sight of all these thick sheets of ice that had been forced ashore and stacked on top of one another. I set up my gear and waited for the sun to appear over the horizon. When It did I was very thankful I decided to get out and shoot that morning.

Sunrise on the icy banks of the Potomac River at Leesylvania State Park by Michael Donahue  

Sunrise on the icy banks of the Potomac River at Leesylvania State Park by Michael Donahue