At 14,690 feet (4,478 meters) in height and boasting four steep faces surrounded by glaciers, the Matterhorn is one of the tallest and most dangerous peaks in the Alps. It’s also one of the most sought after. Throughout history, the mountain’s fierce terrain has killed over 500 alpinists, but masses of undaunted mountaineers attempt to climb to the summit every year.
The Matterhorn is the most prominent peak in this photograph, covered in the red glow of morning:
This natural phenomenon is called alpenglow, which occurs when the sun is still below the horizon line, but its light reflects off of moist air particles in the atmosphere. While the term can be loosely used to describe any sort of fiery sunrise or sunset light cast on mountains, true alpenglow happens just before sunrise or just after sunset.
The photo was created by Karol Nienartowicz, a mountain photographer based in Gdansk, Poland. Nienartowicz combines his passion for mountaineering with his photography skill to fund his travels.
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