On this gorgeous autumn morning, my husband and I went outdoors to enjoy Veteran’s Day. We drove to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland and hiked out to photograph Great Falls from Olmsted Island. The Potomac River narrows at this point on its way towards DC, and it’s a popular spot for hikers and kayakers. This view looks across the river toward Virginia.
The falls are one of the most scenic areas along the Virginia and Maryland border, and it has some significance for Virginia history. This is one of the best examples of the Atlantic Seaboard Fall Line, an escarpment that runs north and south between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The exposed bedrock in the river creates rapids that carve through the rock, particularly during floods.
We spent several hours at the parks and I created about 50 new photos and a video, which have been uploaded to my Flickr albums for teachers and students. Look for the photos in the National Parks, Virginia, and Maryland albums. The video is also on YouTube (above).[Disclosure: All blog posts are written by Andrea. Blog posts are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the respective companies of any service, hardware, or software mentioned. This blog earns a small commission through display ads.]