Welcome to Hidden DC:  Spring 2018

See the City Differently!

Eastern Rat Snake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)


Spring 2018:  Within a few miles of the White House and National Mall, you can see some incredible wildlife and natural views.  Some of the images below were taken near the DC side of Chain Bridge, which is a long walk, short bicycle ride and even shorter drive west of the Lincoln Memorial. It is a spot where the Potomac River, the Tow Path and some sidewalks and trails converge to provide visitors a chance to see the Capital's wildlife. There are several sections like this in and around the City, including Virginia and Maryland. These urban but hidden sections of the river are worth visiting in all seasons and most weather conditions.  Near Chain Bridge, there is a surprising amount of of plant and animal life as well as an abundance of geologic history to explore. 



Photography Along the Potomac River


While visiting the DC, take the time to look up and around.  The larger, more famous monuments can accidentally obscure some fantastic artwork and lesser known memorials, not to mention some fantatsic wildlife and interesting geology.  If you are up early in the morning, don't be surprised if you see a fox or an eagle along the Mall.  But there are other sights, including giant gold fish in the Potomac and blue tailed skinks or more correctly Plestiodon fasciatus, the Common Five-lined Skink.


Potomac River at Chain Bridge

Potomac Life

Wildlife on the National Mall

 Click Here for National Park Service info on the National Mall


The plants and wildlife along the the Potomac River provide some fantastic opportunities for photography.  Some of the best spots can be reached by foot but we recommend using a kayak to line up the perfect shot.


Sculpture, Statues and Other Cool Things


Looking for DC's Past?

Washington Times

Washington’s historic cemeteries: Where the nation’s past lives


 Canada Geese Over The National Mall

Lincoln Memorial in Infrared




Links to DC Area Geology


     William and Mary: The Potomac-Shenandoah System


     National Park Service: Great Falls Geology



Clast in Conglomerate, Near Potomac River


Waterfall Along Potomac River

Sandstone Lens in Conglomerate, Along Potomac River

Long Legged Fly on Anise Leaf (Condylostylus sipho)

Raindrop on Tulip Poplar Leaf in Virginia (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Brachiopod and Crinoid Fossils from Maryland.

Blue Mud Dauber (Chalybion californicum)

Large Green Insect (Pterophylla camellifolia?)


Lichens on a small tree near the Potomac River.

Lichens on Tree in DC

Dragonfly carapace?