I shouldn’t probably say this, but I had no idea that Alabama was so beautiful. Oh wait, these are the Alabama Hills in California. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sunrise, let alone one as beautiful as this one. ~WaterGirl
After a successful first attempt at photographing the morning appearance of comet NEOWISE and a rather unsuccessful attempt at shooting a star trail with Red Hill as a foreground; I headed up to the Alabama Hills just west of Lone Pine for the sunrise. As I arrived the first rays of sunlight were casting a purple glow over the higher peaks of the eastern Sierra. Within a few minutes the purple tone gave way to a brilliant golden tone that became a bright white. As time progressed you could see the sunlight edging further down the eastern Sierra. At this point I turned the camera around to capture the sun as it poked over the Inyo mountains to the east.
The purple tones of first light reach Mt. Whitney.