Photo: Winter hiking towards Ryten at Dawn, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. January 31, 2015. 10:15
Though the forecast showed calm winds, I could tell the clouds were moving across the mountain peaks a bit faster than I wanted. Even so, I tried to be optimistic about things and packed up my camping gear for the night. The goal: A night camping near the summit of Ryten.
A short while into the hike and after the first little climb I rounded a corner and saw the magnificent light of the sun shining across the snow through a hole in the clouds. Luckily, the light lasted longer than I expected and I was able to capture a few different compositions. I think this image captures the mood of the day quite well.
Later, upon reaching the top Ryten, the wind was so strong that I could barely stand up or talk. The plans for camping were obviously off, so we headed back to the car. I wish I would have carried a lighter backpack all day, but good exercise I guess!
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8