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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Alien flowers bathe in the light of the sun

This is a photo of the cannonball tree (Couroupita guianensis). The flowers from this tree are very alien like. Although they appear sturdy, they are actually quite ephemeral, degrading within hours after being separated from the tree.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D5200
Copyright: © Leo Louis