Winter pastels in the Southern Appalachians

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If you’re willing to brave subzero temperatures while hiking on a high altitude bald, you’ll inevitably witness a phenomenon that few people see.

When the air is thick with passing clouds, the sunrise creates an aura of a light pink or blue hue. The effect does not last long, so photographers are alert for a colorful possibility.

Roan Mountain on the Tennessee-North Carolina border fits the requirements for the pastel phenomenon. The sun lights the clouds just enough to create a stunning backlight, and coupled with snowy evergreens is a splendid delight to the intrepid hiker with nature’s subtle Christmas gift.

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