July 03, 2002
This striking photo was taken high in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan (near Gilgit) early on a summer's morning in 1987. Clear, clean air makes the mountains look much closer than is actually the case. In fact, the most distant peaks may be as far as 50 miles (80 km) away. Deep shadowing resulting from the early morning light and especially clean air contributes to the strong contrast across the scene. The tarn (lake) in the foreground is perched 17,000 feet (5484 m) above sea level.