This is a hopeful picture.
Probably taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway. At the bottom of the photo, note the stone wall, probably built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Franklin Roosevelt administration, and still contributing to America’s beauty and economy 80 years later.
I can imagine driving along, catching a beautiful sunrise, but not being at a point to stop to photograph it. Driving farther along, the photographer found a safe place to stop, but the sunrise itself was gone by 15 minutes. With the aid of a young tree, however, the photographer can recapture that moment of the Sun’s peeking over the horizon, without special effects. Nice thought for the shot.