This photo is several years old, but it will forever remain one of my favorites.
My father is a Vietnam Veteran, so every time we are in Washington D.C., we make it a point to go by The Wall and pay respects to those whom he served alongside that never made it home. It's very humbling, and it's a place every American should have to visit at least once.
This particular morning (a Wednesday), we arrived in D.C. at about 6:00 am. The Mall was deserted, so we were able to easily move about the memorials, pay respects, and take a few photos along the way. It's a different place when it isn't crowded with 10,000 other people. I noticed this wreath propped against the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall just as the sun was adding some color to the sky around the Washington Monument. I snapped this photo quickly and moved on. I honestly forgot about it until I downloaded my pictures later onto my computer. This was shot on a point-and-shoot Canon camera and is not edited at all. I wish I could better explain the feeling of the memorials that morning, but it's not something I can put into words.
There is often some sort of personal connection with a photo or set of photos I take, and I think that adds a lot to them for me.