Today I went to Huntley Meadows Park and was rewarded with a stunning sunrise meeting sparkling water reflecting blue from the brilliant morning sky. The sun had actually been up for a few minutes when I arrived at the lake. The trees were bright golden, like shining brass and the water was Banff Lake-like from the reflecting sky. Amazing light that had a few low stratus clouds. During the next three hours I took advantage of the changing light to tell the Park's springtime story. Truly a glorious morning!
This first shot is an example...the sun is rising over the trees behind me painting the forest on the other side of the lake a brassie gold color, but, the shadows of the trees behind me are literally splitting the lakes reflection into two bands of color, the darker from the fleeting shadows that will soon be gone as the sun finally drives the dawn away.
The next two were taken about 20 minutes after sunrise. The golden shades are disappearing but the winds haven't started yet so the waters are picking up the bright blue sky.
Two hours after sunrise and things are beginning to change. The temperature is above 40 degrees and the wind is starting to blow.