Not having visited Great Falls, MD, in some time, I decided to get an early morning start. The weather on Friday was as good as a summer day gets in the area with light winds, low humidity and a clear sky. Traffic going out of DC was not bad and the roads along the Potomac River were pleasant.
The C&O National Historic Park, at the end of MacArthur Blvd, is open from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. It was well past that when I arrived. Hiking out to the observation deck on Olmsted Island, I noticed that the small side stream, usually rushing with water were mostly dry.
At that hour, I had the observation deck to myself and was able to set up my tripod. Note to self: find a taller tripod that will clear the railings easily. It was only then that I realized that the sun was still behind the hills surrounding the river basin. Took some shots anyway and hiked along the towpath.