Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, USA by Joshua Moore

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While walking along the Appalachian Trail early in the morning, I looked out from the top of Jane Bald in the Roan Highlands and saw this one ridgeline above the clouds. A full cloud inversion filled the valley below, leaving the tallest peak in that area standing above the clouds like a little island. The beautiful color came from the sunrise as it bounced the color around the clouds. It was just a quiet, intimate moment that I got to enjoy while out hiking. I set my tripod up and used a shutter release; I also used my gradual ND 8 stop Cokin Nuances Extreme Filter to help preserve the dark colors in the clouds.

When I hike this section of the Appalachian Trail, I usually come back with an interesting image I don't think anything about until I get home and see it on the screen. I only took about four frames before I stepped away and went on my way. It caught my eye for a brief moment, and then I was gone. This happens to me a lot, and I usually end up liking these images the most, which was the case for this image.

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