These images were taken just after sunrise, when there was a heavy mist in the air. It almost appears like fog, and perhaps on some level it is, but the moisture is almost palpable. Mornings like this in summer, when the sun starts to penetrate the trees, are magical.
The rays of sunlight are incredibly lovely; and as in the upper image, they can have wonderful dimension and color. I also photographed some trees that were backlit but didn't get the result I was expecting...The lower image is given depth because of the mist in the background.