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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Beauty in the muck

My photo is a representation that there is beauty within the muck. While swimming at DeLeon Springs State Park this beautiful butterfly was fluttering in front of me right after a light Florida afternoon rain shower and it decided to land and be still with all its beauty right where the dirt was mixed from the rain water. Reminding me that even when life gets messy there is still so much beauty to be found. The butterflies stillness reminded me to not live life with fear as it stayed in place instead of fluttering off into the wind as I approached get a got so close I could touch it.

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Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 07.2020
Camera: SM-G960U
Copyright: © Lauren Wright