I think I mentioned this in an earlier post, but we spent most of the trip camping. Camping in Europe is wonderful - campgrounds have a plethora of amenities and most of them have very clean bathroom facilities (that's the thing that matters the most to me; I'm a bit of a germaphobe).
Hallstatt was our first night of camping on the trip and needless to say, it was just short of a disaster. The weather was awful, it was cold and rainy. The campground was busy, which was fine, but immediately next to us was a family was difficult to be next to. I was woken up at least three times that night by screaming children. Now I don't have children, so I won't pretend to know what it's like, but maybe camping isn't the place to take screaming children - other people would like to get some sleep.
The reason I am mentioning the screaming kids is because it's why this photo even happened. Around 4:30am I was yet again woken by the screams of a child. I was annoyed, I won't lie, but I decided that given the time, I would look outside of the tent and see what the sky looked like. It was overcast, but it looked like it had potential and I couldn't fall back asleep, so I decided to get up and walk down by the lake.
No one else was up and when I arrived by the waterfront, it was just me and a family of swans. It was peaceful, something I hadn't experienced at all the night before. Looking across this lake carved out of the mountains, calm and still water - it was wonderful. The light started to break and the valley slowly lit up to my left. I wanted to focus my camera on the old town of Hallstatt that is commonly photographed, but the colors were most vibrant across the lake - which is the view you see here.
I'm typically one for sunsets because they tend to coincide with my schedule better, but every now and again I get up for a sunrise. This was one of those that was every bit of worth it.