Spectacular scenery brought joyous nature lovers out to the C and O canal towpath and Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. for the first day of fall.

Renowned plein air landscape painter Tim Clayton was among those to capture the changing light and subtle early fall color on the banks of the Potomac.

"Its hard to get it wrong on a day like this," Clayton said.

Fall began at exactly 4:02 p.m. Eastern.

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Viewers shared their first fall photos on WUSA9's Facebook Page.

For some, today brought religious significance.

Charles Shields of Charlestown, W.Va. brought a ceremonial shofar horn to the forest to celebrate Yom Teruah which is part of this season's Jewish holidays.

"I'm here to get out into the open air and blow it in obedience to the commandments of the creator," Shields said, after his horn echoed near the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.