1. Sunset on the Paternkofel mountain range

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There’s a wonderful gradient of colors in this photograph that’s incredibly enlivening and invigorating despite the fact that this picture is taken at sunset, a day on its way out, settling in for bed. The sun is situated between mountains in the leftmost third of the photograph, making it even more of a pull for the eyes than it would be otherwise. The sky is decorated with clouds that are muted shades of purple, drifting through a sea of blue that transitions from light to dark as it approaches the top of the image.

2. Mountain sunset winter

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This photograph manages to capture a shot of a sunset in the mountains while making the physical location of the scene much less eye catching than the general aesthetic of the area. The mountains here are almost blocked out by a combination of things including their relative size, their color (thanks to the blanket of snow that’s been tossed over them), and their shading (they are entirely in shadow, due to the sunset. The sun blasts out of the center of the image, though, the real ‘star’ of this photograph, lighting up the image with life.

3. Amazing mountain sunset with red clouds

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Here is a sunset image that invites you into it in several ways. The colors are the first thing that pop out of the picture, and in this department, the real shining stars are the deep red clouds that streak through the upper half of the image. They manage to even put the sun itself to shame. But subtler details also image and pull you into the picture, like a foot trail, a worn down path, that leads you up to the top of the hill featured here, drawing you right up to the most brilliant patch of sunset-ridden sky.

4. Great Smoky Mountain Sunset

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Here is a sweeping landscape shot that would be impressive had it been taken in the middle of the day, but the sunset that lies at the heart of the image makes it absolutely stunning. The Smoky Mountains sweep up to either side of the image, with a green, tree-filled valley lying between them. The sky is only visible through this same opening, but at the end of it lies the sun, halfway through its descent below the horizon, and masked by a thin layer of clouds so that it doesn’t overwhelm the picture, but rather enhances what is already there.

5. Smoky Mountain Sunset

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A pale star floats, waveringly, above a series of mountains that have been layered overtop of one another to produce an effect that feels like a blue print of nature, or perhaps a sort of natural gradient scale. As each mountain layer sinks further back into the picture, it becomes paler and less defined, the boundaries between land and sky less definite than those of the layer above it. The sun sends out a similar gradient, and the sky echoes the land creating a delightful symmetry that doesn’t get old, but instead continually draws the eyes in deeper and deeper.

6. Smoky Mountains

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This photograph could almost be a painting. The colors here a muted and soft, reminiscent of the quiet twilight feeling that comes with the sunset. There are very few mountains visible in this image, just the sides of a few, and each of these without any definitive details (though the mountainside most in the foreground carries with it the silhouettes of some trees). The focus here is the sun, the picture’s only real source of hot color, amidst a sea of gray-blues and blacks. But more than that, the focus is the feeling this picture gives to its viewers.

7. Mountain sunset panorama from peak – Slovakia Tatras

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This picture is rich in physical details, color contrasts, and natural delights. Since it’s a panorama shot, it seems to curve back into itself, giving it a strangely warped feeling. Starting at the right side, individual rocks and blades of grass can be seen. As your eyes travel left along the picture, some of these details vanish, but they’re replaced with brilliant contrasts produced by a blazing and setting sun that is situated far, far back into the world of the image. The mountains really come to life here, as patches of snow and bundles of rocks rise up out of the image.

8. Mountain Sunset Panorama

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This picture is set far back, allowing a clear vision of all the mountains featured here. The picture is alive, and it seems filled with moving parts, not the least of which are the clouds at the top of the picture that really seem to be rolling across the entire image, along with your eyes. The sun here is masked by the peak of a mountain, but its light rolls throughout everything seen here, illuminating some details and hiding other, but really making each mountain peak stand out on its own, stabbing into the ever-darkening sky.

9. Green Mountain Sunset

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The entire landscape visible in this image is the focus here, rather than just the mountains that can be seen, slightly, in the leftmost segment of the picture. Out to the right, a massive expanse of plains and life can be seen, with the sun descending into that mess. But that far out from the camera, the details of the landscape begin to blur. For a closer look, the foreground, that takes up most of the picture, has to be examined. Here all the greenery and life of this region really pop into existence and shine amidst the dying light of the day.

10. Peak of the hill with pathway and mountain sunset

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The sweeping green hillside contrasts beautifully with the alternately gray and yellow sky that can be seen in this picture. These seem almost to be two opposing forces, and indeed something about this contrast makes it look as though the hillside has been cut out of another image and pasted onto the background of graying sky. Still, each component of this picture is equally enthralling and intriguing, whether you’re pulled in by details like the desire path along the hill, or the color gradients shooting throughout the sky.

11. Nice mountain sunset with stair, Taiwan

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Here is a crowded pathway in the mountains, a human made trail that allows people to appreciate the depth of the natural beauty around them. Thanks to this picture, that beauty can be appreciated from anywhere in the world. Thin layers of clouds float along the mountains paths, obscuring the view, but making it all the more magical because of that. The sunlight scatters through the fog, creating delightful wisps of light that have a life of their very own. The people seem out of place in all the nature, but the incongruity is pleasing in its own way.

12. Mountain Sunset Landscape

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In this picture, the shadow figures of mountains serve only to accent the fiery red of a sky that takes up most of the frame. The sunset here is fierce, and it burns through every inch of the sky. Clouds are lit with deep reds and oranges, making them seem like bundles of flames floating above the ground, which can’t help but shrink into shadow in the face of all that incredible fire above. Beams of sunlight create an X that spreads through the image. The shadows of the mountains provide excellent contrast from the exploding brightness of the rest of the picture.

13. Mountain sunset autumn Tatra landscape, Slovakia

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A rocky and mountainous terrain with an incredible swirling sky that recedes far into the distance, chasing across plains to the faint hint of another batch of mountains and rocks. That’s what you can see in the picture, a photograph that creates a wonderful sense of space and place, while also managing to remain fresh and entertaining, vibrant and full of interesting, if frequently earth-toned, colors. This picture was masterfully taken, and transports you to a foreign land while letting you fill it with your own imagination. This is a photograph that is begging for you to explore it.

14. Mountain sunset panorama landscape – in Italy Alps – Dolomites

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Here is a stunning image that comes out of the Alps in Italy. The scene, while not taking place in winter, is chilly. The mountains stand out amidst the flat landscape, and they stick awkwardly straight up into the air, like a set of teeth that’s been dulled down over the years from excessive use. The sun is hidden in the image, but the tinge in the sky that hints towards it being twilight still ring through and true. Another interesting lighting effect is taking place, though. Arcing above the jagged mountains is a single rainbow.

15. A man in mountain sunset winter

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This is a solitary picture, but it manages not to be a lonely one. That’s mostly due to the amount of life that exists in the landscape here. No one could feel lonely in that vibrant of a place. The sun shines in the sky looking like a perfect recreation of a child’s drawing of a sun. Below that brilliant source of light, snowy mountains rise and fall, expanding and contracting like a breathing chest, spreading out in every direction. It’s impossible to know what the man making his way across this place is thinking, but he must be loving the view.

16. Mountain Sunset

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Here is a picture of mountains like looks more like a photo-realistic painting of a fantasy novel world than anything else. These mountains are perfect rolling peaks, and the foreground contains a too-good-to-be-true rocky footpath across the peak of one mountain. As if that weren’t enough, everything is coated in an amazing layer of green life, from small trees, to moss, to grass, and shrubs. The only thing that is missing from the scene is the silhouette of a dragon flying through the sky. In its place is an unbelievable sunset.

17. Snow-covered Mountain Valley Sunset

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These snowy mountains are obscured by a thin layer of fog that’s rising up into the air from the mystic river that flows straight through the middle of the valley that separates each of the mountain ranges in this picture. The sky is thick with fogs above the scene, but they are lit with all sorts of oranges, pinks, and reds that are shooting off the sun, which has just sunk below the peaks of the mountains. A cold and inviting scene that is the perfect example of ideal winter wilderness, begging to be explored, mapped, lived in.

18. Mountain sunset summer

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A quiet place. Cold, but bathed in sunlight. Sitting far above the rest of the world, even above the clouds themselves. It’s this place that this photograph takes you to. The peak of a mountain, rocky and covered in patchy bits of snow, holdouts from the fast fading winter months. The sun here shines brightly, and because this place is so high in the sky, it’s impossible to tell if the sun is setting or rising, but either way it illuminates this strange place with ghostly and magical light, furthering the sense that here you are entirely removed from the world.

19. Mountain Sunset Landscape

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Sunset, rainbow, fog, green, mountain. A series of nouns that seems to potent to be mixed together, but everything in that list is present in this fantastic nature shot of a sunset far up in the mountains, with hints of fog in the lowlands below, and with a massive rainbow shooting across the sky like a star flying through space seen in the middle of the night. There’s a sense of paradise in this image. It fills you with both a longing, mostly a longing to be in a place that beautiful, and an immense sense of peace.

20. Winter Landscape

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This disorienting shot takes you far up into the mountains, above the mountains even, and inverts your gaze so you’re looking almost straight down the slopes. Thick patches of trees cover the otherwise rocky sides of these peaks, and snow coats everything, creating a stark, cold, but all the more intriguing for it, scene. Clouds mask the sky, but far back in the image there’s a gap in them that serves to reveal a quickly setting sun. Soon, all these trees and snow and mountains will be plunged into darkness, but even then they’ll be alive.

21. Sunset in Mountain

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Wisps of clouds float through the center of this image, drifting over the mountainous landscape that’s not far beneath them. Rays of sunlight punctuate the image, streaking through it in such a way that they aren’t always distinguishable from the rest of the landscape and air. It’s a subtle touch that gives an otherworldly feeling to this otherwise standard image of mountains in the winter, snow covered, with bits of rock and dirt peaking through the drifts, just the same way that the setting sun peaks through clouds that manage to drift even higher up in the sky.