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7 Sunrise Photos from Virginia's Historic Leesylvania State Park

If you live in the DC area, Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA is an easy to get to and exceptional spot to watch a sunrise.

By: Nick Palastro + Save to a List

Leesylvania State Park sits just a couple miles off of Route 1 along the Potomac River near Woodbridge, Virginia. The park is chalk full of Colonial and Civil War history and offers recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and hiking along many of the natural and historical features. This post however, is about the sunrises. It's shoreline faces directly eastward by the fishing pier and this allows to you take in amazing panoramic views of the sunrise as the sun crests the distant horizon. Even on overcast mornings, you're able to take in the peacefulness as the ambient light slowly grows in strength as the river meanders south towards the Chesapeake Bay. Take a look at some of my images and maybe the next free morning that you have, you too can take in a relaxing morning by the pier...Maybe I'll see you there!

Take a step back and observe a sun star through the trees behind the pier:

A long exposure on a calm overcast morning made for awesome cloud reflections:

Take a walk up to Freestone Point which was used by the Confederacy as a small canon lookout over the Potomac River:

This long exposure of soft pastel colors and the pier ruins made for a dreamy morning mood:

Don't forget to look for the small details! I loved the way the rising sun slowly melted away the frost off of this leaf:

Walk out onto the pier over the water:

Sometimes, a simple image out over the water will do:

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