19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Beacon of Hope - Bald Eagle Perches in a Burn Scarred Forest

While exploring along the Salmon River in central Idaho, I saw a flash of white up ahead in the burn scar where a wildfire had ripped through a few years prior. I realized it was a bald eagle, perched above the river. This flash of life gave me hope that the burned area was recovering. A beautiful reminder that nature heals.

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Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Salmon, Idaho, United States of America
Copyright: © Brooke Bartleson