I photographed this scene at dawn on Christmas day in 2006. It was a cloudy morning, so there was nearly no color in the dawn. Since it was a calm morning, the water on the C&O canal was mirror smooth. Leafless for the winter, the trees and ridges made a tapestry of shapes and textures reflected in the water. It felt to me tranquil, peaceful, and I sought to capture that feeling of tranquility in this image.