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Olmsted Island at Sunrise

Olmsted Island at Sunrise
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-12-12
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon D610, Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR, Cokin P121 graduated neutral
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-13 16:56
Viewed: 1550
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Like a giant lizard claw, Olmstead Island reaches out into the Potomac River at daybreak. Normally I photograph from the lookout on the island - this time, I was on the Virginia side, looking east across the Potomac.


Olmsted Island is a small island in the middle of the Potomac River in the U.S. state of Maryland, near Great Falls which is a part of C & O Canal National Historical Park, located across the river from Great Falls Park. It is a part of Potomac, Maryland.

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the landscape architect and preservationist whose famous father designed New York's Central Park, the small island is a bedrock terrace forest that supports rare, threatened and endangered plant species.[1]

The island is very rocky and has steep cliffs that face the river, where it has been eroded over time. It also has trees and vegetation. One might also spy a heron, small lizard or wild goose here. The total area of the island (estimating from calibrated satellite footage) is no more than 0.2 square kilometers. A fenced-in wooden tourist walkway winds along the southern part of the island. For the purpose of protecting the island's natural wildlife, visitors are not allowed to leave the tourist walkway. The tourist walkway eventually ends in a scenic overlook platform (see images 1 and 2) that has a beautiful view of the Great Falls of the Potomac River (see image 3).

"Hurricane Agnes washed away all the woody shrubs and trees in 1972," says R. Harrison Wiegand, a regional ecologist for the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "The next big flood will wash them away again. The floods constantly change things. You may see a rare species in one area, then the floods will come through and wash it out. Some other plants will grow there instead. This is one of the most biologically diverse habitats within the whole national park system."[2]

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-14 15:24]

Hi Alan,great choice of the moment to take this beautiful and natural corner,the atmosphere is magic and the quality of the pic is absolutely great,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alan

Lovely photo with the atmosphere effect, you have choose
fine POV and framing for a wonderful perspective effect, TFS


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