Approximately 20 miles upriver from Washington DC, the Potomac River builds up speed and force, plunging over a series of falls and cascades and then flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. Two parks administered by the National Park Service lie on either side of the falls – Great Falls Park on the Virginia side and Great Falls Tavern on the Maryland side. I photographed the first morning on the Virginia side with low clouds and mist lying just above the river – a monochromatic scene that lent itself to a black and white rendering.
Although the morning was not great photographically, a short hike along the River Trail led to one of those unexpected treasures that make any day of photography and any day outdoors worthwhile. Lying along the edge of the trail, growing from the leaves of last year’s fall, was a single patch of what I believe to be crocus. I found no other flowers and no other color – just this defiant patch well ahead of the rest of spring.