This stunning photo is definitely one that makes me sit back and ask, “Is that real?” Richard Barnhill caught this cold front (that is, for those who have forgotten, something that will be greeting us again viciously soon enough after this lovely autumn-like weekend) plowing through the sky over downtown D.C. in mid-November. The cloud wall is something else, but it’s the perfect twilight long exposure that makes this photograph sing. (View this one big.)
Have you been thinking about our “America” photo challenge? Flickr user slightlyworn added this to our pool before we issued the call, but this fits the bill quite nicely. The enhanced twilight colors are a sort of effusive foreshadowing of the ruckus to grace the Washington skyline tomorrow. The young woman in soft focus looks up away from the sleepy city and out of the frame, creating a scene that is calming, dreamy, and just a little bit hopeful. Add your images showing what America is to you in our Flickr pool and tag them “AmericaChallenge.” We’ll run a gallery of our favorites on Monday.