I'm delighted to say that this image was 'Commended' in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011 (LPOTY 2011) competition and also featured in the Sunday Times magazine in the results section on 23rd October 2011. Blog article on LPOTY
Not what I was looking to capture when I got up at the [for me] utterly ludicrous hour of 0300 to be here for dawn. Rather, the composition is approximately what I was aiming for, but the forecast had said MIST. Obviously, there is no mist here, just 'murk' in the distance across the Lakeland fells. There was also a surprisingly hard frost up on the tops, which is what's causing the bright areas as it catches some reflected light from the just-risen Sun.
The Howgill Fells are beautifully smoothed, rolling hills to the east of the Lake District and partially within the Yorkshire Dales national park (despite being wholly in Cumbria). Importantly, they're really easy to walk up in the dark. I shall be heading up to this point - which is pretty much the centre of the small range - again, I hope; at some point when there really IS some mist!
Ha! I just noticed that in the original of this I can see a lorry on the M6 - amusing somehow. The motorway runs across the frame in the flat area between the Howgill Fells and the Lake District.
Explored - thanks to everyone!