There's a reason photographers get up and out early. The low morning light can dramatically bring out textures and amplify colors. Here are a few shots from this last week from early in the morning. Some mornings you can watch the sun burning off the haze. Sunday was particularly dramatic.
Closer in ...
The Potomac can appear quite placid, yet the low morning light shows just how much is going on on and below the surface.
A spring and a small pond in the meadow. A light drizzle, frogs and water bugs keep the surface in constant motion.
River Bend is just up-river from a heron rookery. Here's a heron on it's morning commute.