Reflection perfection! Photographer travels the globe to capture stunning mountain-range shotsBy Daily Mail Reporter
These incredible pictures displaying the reflection of several mountain ranges throughout North and South America as well as Italy, may at first appear to be digitally enhanced, but have in fact been captured without any digital enhancement.
The shots are the work of photographer Jack Brauer, who has spent the last 10 years travelling across the globe, collating these stunning series of hypnotic mirrored landscapes.
Top that! Brauer's favourite viewpoint is the Baita Segantini and the Pale di San Martino group, near San Martino di Castrozza in Dolomites, Italy
Sky is the limit: The misty backdrop of the Grand Teton and Mount Owen, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Despite having an incredible array of landscapes on his doorstep, Jack's favourite wilderness lies in the heart of Europe.
'One of my favourite places to photograph is the Dolomites in northern Italy. The mountains there are extremely jagged and unique, rising out of the surrounding paradisiacal valleys like giant rock sculptures - each one with it's own unique shape. It's very photogenic there, to say the least!
'But my photos don't have any particular message, except conveying a general appreciation for the beauty of nature and wilderness.
'I think it's important to celebrate the beauty of pristine nature, especially nowadays when more and more of the planet is being covered with cement and smog.'
'Reflections provide a perfect visual symmetry that is otherwise difficult if not impossible to find elsewhere in nature.
'The reflections add another dimension to the photos - they transform the scene into an abstract pattern that reveals the "essence" of the landscape.
'In other words, when you view a normal landscape you can be too much accustomed to the reality and normality of the earth - even if it is a dramatic and wonderful scene.
'But when you see the mirror image of the landscape below it, there's a kind of detachment from solid-earth reality and all that's left are shapes, colours, and textures of the landscape.'
Picture perfect: The sun rises behind Huron Peak, in in the Sawatch Range, near Vail and Leadville in Colorado
Latin light: The new dawn illuminates the jagged peaks of the Fitz Roy Range in Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Carefully choosing the perfect spot for each subject - sometimes with the help of Google Earth - Jack will wait for several hours for the perfect light or time of day in order to get the right shot.
'I take most of my photos while backpacking in the mountains, usually on treks lasting between three and seven days.
'When I'm camped at a certain place I usually spend a long time walking around to scope out the area to get some ideas for photos, and then I often wake up early and return to those spots for sunrise, or stay there for sunset.
'Often I have found ideas for awesome vantage points after researching maps and other helpful tools like Google Earth, then it's a matter of hiking to or from those spots in the dark.
'The successful photos are a combination of research and the adventure of hiking, along with sheer luck with the weather and light conditions.'
Let it snow, let it snow: Lone Eagle Peak Mountain where the trees reflect off the water in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area of Colorado
Seeing double: The reflection of Watch Tower and Pingora Peak in the Cirque of the Towers, a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in western Wyoming