Photograph by Sho Shibata , National Geographic Your Shot
The spring season comes slowly to the mountains of Aomori, Japan, writes photographer Sho Shibata, adding that the beech trees will begin to bud before the snow has even melted. Here, Shibata captures a Mount Hakkoda forest wreathed in morning mist.
This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. Find your best travel photos and join the competition.