This is Mount Hood, Oregon on the right side of the image and the Columbia River with mist coming off of its cool surface and spreading throughout the entire area in the hot dense morning atmosphere.
Zedekiah: “This is an image I lensed very early in the morning when flying from Hillsboro Oregon over to Yakima, Washington. The sun is still 45 minutes away from rising so all the ambient blue hued light is due to the over the horizon alpenglow effect. I had to crank up the camera ISO to be able to get the shot and therefore would be very noisy so I had to compensate which resulted in this beautiful soft glowing image, reminiscent of classic Asian style paintings from the past few centuries.”
This is part of a series of images that are all created using the Alpenglow effect. Alpenglow (from German: Alpenglühen) is an optical phenomenon when sky is illuminated through backscattering. Since the Sun is below the horizon, there is no direct path for the light to reach the mountain. Unlike sunset or sunrise, the light that causes alpenglow is reflected off airborne snow, water, or ice particles low in the atmosphere. These conditions differentiate between a normal sunrise or sunset and alpenglow.
The term is generally confused to be any sunrise or sunset light seen on the mountains, but true alpenglow is not direct sunlight, and is only observed after sunset or before sunrise.