17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
"Charon" or "Gnarled Trees in Shenandoah National Park"

Gnarled trees line the western slopes of the Blueridge mountains in Shenandoah National Park. The title of the image comes from the Greek Myth of Charon, the ferryboat man that carries the dead over the river Styx. I see the tree as representing Charon with his outstretched hand awaiting payment for crossing the river in to the underworld which is represented by the mist in the distance.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Stanley, Virginia, United States of America
Camera: NIKON Z 7
Copyright: © Thomas Petzwinkler