I arrived early to Dupont Circle and warmed up with hot drinks at Hotel Dupont, who had built a snowbar outside special for the occasion. Met quite a few friendly folks before meandering to the circle proper to scout a place.
Originally, the fight was supposed to be north vs. south. Only moments after I'd walked up to the fountains base, however, the mob decided it was really fountain vs. everybody else in the outside circle. This is the one quick shot I snapped frantically as hundreds of people began charging the fountain and pelting us with snowballs.
Some enterprising fellow decided to construct a makeshift flag using a stick and what I believe was a shirt. His group charged the fountain, determined to claim a quick victory. Shouting erupted from behind me, cries of 'Flag! Flag! Get the flag!" I couldn't see anything through my goggles so I took them off to figure out what was going on.
It was at that moment a careening snowball, aimed at the flagman, smashed me dead in the left eyeball. Flailing, I staggered back, brought low by friendly fire (if any fire could be called friendly in a huge snowball fight without clear teams).More pics of Snowmaggedon 2010 at my flickr account