I was out of the house by 5 AM and was committed to arriving before the sunset at the US Supreme Court Building. I found parking and quickly walked to the Supreme Court planning my photos as I walked towards the building. Shock and disbelief followed as I discovered that the Supreme Court building was being covered with scaffolding. I guess they wanted it to match the US Capital across the street. It was now 6 AM and the sun would rise in 27 minutes. I didn't want to waste my efforts and switched to plan B.
I began driving towards the World War 2 Memorial hoping that I could find parking and get set up before sunrise. I found parking and sprinted towards the monument with about 300 pounds of camera gear. I had just a few minutes left to get there and snap away.
I made it and was quite surprised. Sun was still good and there was not another person at the monument. Here are a few of the my photos from the morning. Click for a larger image.