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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Beauty Within

I took this photo while taking a walk in my neighborhood in Upstate New York. It was late August and the mid-day sun was waning. The last rays were gently illuminating this delicate Hibiscus flower. I was only able to get in a couple shots before the warm soothing rays seemingly fell beneath the earth. The iridescent glimmer of the petals created by the sunlight perfectly mirrored those last days of summer; precious, fleeting, and truly beautiful.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Binghamton, New York, United States of America
Camera: DSC-HX200V
Copyright: © MICHELLE STIMAK