My grandfather tells me that the translation of “Onaping” is roughly “misty lake”, and it lives up to it’s name.

This image, photographed at sunrise on Onaping Lake, shows what happens when the sun cuts directly through mist from a low angle. The fiery effect is only visible with this vibrancy for a few minutes, so a photographer has to plan ahead and be prepared.

I knew exactly where to be and when to be there. I knew where the sun was going to rise and I spotted my foreground element to make this shot days in advance.

The morning came, the mist was there, and the sun appeared. All that was left was to take the picture.

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