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    On an exhilarating skiing trip to Laponia (which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996) in Swedish Lapland I climbed a beautiful gorge on my skis one day. Upon exiting the gorge I faced gale wind forces on top of the mountain area - but at the same time the sun appeared together with these spectacular sun dogs. It was a magical moment with me as the only human being in the middle of nature's fascinating harsh beauty. It made me feel very small and humble. Shot on March 4 @11:15 AM.
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    Image Time: 11:15 AM The backlit bare trees with the glow of a sundog above them create both an eerie and magical effect. This is a thermal image – in which we can almost feel the intense cold.

    Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
    National Geographic Photographers
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    Date Taken: Mar 4, 2016
    Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2016
    Location: Saltoluokta, Norrbotten, Sweden
    Camera: Canon PowerShot S100
    Focal Length: 5.2 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 160
    Copyright: © Liselotte Kahns
    Categories: Nature
    Assignments: Exploring Time, Chasing Moments, Follow Me, Minimalism, Photo of the Day , Your Outdoor Adventure
    Contests: 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year