19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Cenote on Fire

In heavy rains, tannins from plants and trees run into Mexico's Aktun Ha Cenote, turning the water a fiery orange. Scuba diving into the cavern, I turned to see my dive buddy at the entrance with the orange water behind him. It looked like he was swimming through flames.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Mexico
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Brandi Mueller
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