Sunrise over Lake Hampton, North Carolina by Matt Tilghman

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Seen here is the picturesque Lake Hampton (part of High Hampton Inn, in Cashiers, North Carolina), just as the sun is rising over the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Since the mountains are so close to the lake, daybreak actually happens long before the sun is directly visible. It is this direct sunlight which evaporates the fog and mist. This lends a unique ambiance to these alpine lake scenes, with the mist lasting into the mid-morning colors — colors usually associated with a time of day when mist and dew are long gone.

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My life is driven by the urge to observe, and process those observations. This has pushed me to pursue my PhD in scientific research, which is my current day job. It also profoundly influences my photography. This is why I often visit locations so many times — I don’t feel I can know the landscape’s personality until I’ve observed a large sample of the location’s weather, flora, seasons, etc. Only then can I understand what makes the place truly special, and begin to capture it.

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  • orko
    orkoover 1 year ago

    Wow, that is perfect!!!

  • karina5
    karina5over 1 year ago

    What a picturesque image; simply awesome; Matt. It’s worth a fave. :)

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Great capture.

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