Willows in the Mist

On the way to my second day at snowy Vulcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, I stopped at Lake Henshaw for sunrise in the mist. These photos turned out to be some of my favorites from this year. I love the simplicity of form and color. The fog makes it possible to obscure the distracting elements from a photo.


The fog thickened and thinned, but I didn’t expect to see the sun. I was surprised when the it rose above the distant hills in the mist, showing a dimly lit ball. I had only a few moments to capture this photo before the sun was blown out by its own brightness.

Sun in Willows

Later the shifting fog nearly totally cleared from the lake, only to return a few minutes later.

Willows in the Mist

Finally snowy mountains revealed themselves on the northern horizon, the prominent one being Hot Springs Mountain.

Hot Springs Mountain

Click here to see my “best of” collection from this morning.

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