18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Giants in the Mist

After waiting days for the first snow of the year, lost in a seemingly impenetrable December fog atop Mount Huangshan in China the conditions finally turned. The snow fell, the fog lifted, a cloud inversion and mid-level clouds made for stunning light...the temperature dropped and I captured this stunning confluence of color/landscape/weather and light. Little did I know that the first cases of the pandemic were exploding nearby and the incredible tranquility of this moment would be disrupted a month later.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: China
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Alex Berger