December 30, 2007

Forest Fire

Original photo by Jeff Englund
This image is another from a hike along the Cape Horn Loop Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

What makes this image so amazing is the light. It captures the morning sunshine breaking through the branches of the trees, pushing aside their veiling limbs and illuminating the sheltered foliage beneath. You can actually see the rays of sunlight painting their soft colors across the woodland branches in the heavy morning air. You can also see the mantle of color emanating from the sun itself.

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