Most of these images were taken in and around the Washington DC area. All photos © John N. Maclean.
Fall in the Southeast, like in the spring, is long, lingering, and gorgeous. Rock Creek Park in mid-October, not yet at the height of the color.
Boulder Bridge in Rock Creek Park, which started out as a mistake. The builder was instructed to use "man sized" stones, which he took to mean stones the size of a man. Actually, it was a term that meant a stone the size a man could lift, about 100 pounds. The result is better than what was intended, and so lives on today.
All quiet along the Potomac.
A mossy rock outcropping in the C&O Canal National Park.
A spillway in the C&O Canal just below the Great Falls.
A walkway below the Capitol during cherry blossom time.
The Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial is a swarm of photographers, painters, and strollers during the Cherry Blossom Festival in April.
The Washington Monument seen from the Tidal Basin.
The National Cathedral serves as a place of national worship and the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC. Its actual name is the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Magnolia trees blossom in the spring just before the cherry trees. The magnolia in front of the Zambian Embassy along Massachusetts Avenue's Embassy Row.
Washington DC's National Cathedral in the springtime.
This red oak in Rock Creek Park, shown in wintertime, is a personal favorite.
The red oak in autumn, earning its name.
The red oak in summer.
A mating pair of Canada geese in a marsh alongside the C&O Canal. The canal supports abundant wildlife.
John Maclean at the Great Falls of the Potomac. Photo by Kevin Milan.
The Great Falls of the Potomac at a moderate level in autumn.
The historic Great Falls Tavern once used by boatmen is now a visitor center.
A Great Blue Heron skims over Widewater, a broadening of the C&O Canal below the Great Falls.
Widewater on the C&O Canal below Great Falls. This was once the bed of the Potomac River, which is now over 50 yards below Widewater.
The William Howard Taft Bridge, which carries Connecticut Avenue over Rock Creek Park in DC, at eventide.
The Key Bridge in winter. It crosses the Potomac River connecting DC to Virginia.
Lockhouse 6 on the C&O Canal; the lock tenders lived in houses built alongside the canal. Several of the houses have been restored for use by through-bikers and hikers.
Mather Gorge, named for Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, runs below the Great Falls of the Potomac. The Gorge affords spectacular views from the famous Billy Goat Trail.
The National Cathedral in winter.
The southern exposure of the National Cathedral.
The northern exposure of the Cathedral.
The dam for Peirce Mill, which belonged to the Peirce family and was one of many mills that operated along Rock Creek in the 19th century. The mill has been restored and is open to the public.
Fungi on a tree near Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park.
Rock Creek, October 2012
Rock Creek, October 2012
Another view of Rock Creek
Rock Creek in the autumn