“Snow” Full Moon over the Memorial Bridge in Washington DC

Last night, I went to the Memorial Bridge to capture the moonrise after sunset over the Washington D.C. monuments. I had a photography workshop to capture the same moon on Sunday, and had canceled because all forecasts pointed to heavy, consistent rain near sunset. Not even a drop fell, by my count! Anyways, I had another chance to shoot the “snow moon”, and decided on this vantage point given the point in sky the moon was rising.

The moon started out as a soft orange as it pushed through low, post-sunset blue and purple clouds:

The late winter's "snow moon" rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

The late winter’s “snow moon” rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

As the moon rose higher in the sky, it became brighter and the clouds turned darker and more orange with the city lights. I moved towards the left to keep the moon between the monuments as it rose towards the Washington Monument:

The late winter's "snow moon" rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

The late winter’s “snow moon” rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

The moon high in the sky now was very bright. I used two exposures so to show the detail of the moon along with the foreground. The shimmering body was amazing to see reflected in the Potomac river:

The late winter's "snow moon" rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

The late winter’s “snow moon” rises over the Memorial Bridge, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial

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