16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Don Quixote vs. The Universe

This image serves as a metaphor for humankind’s struggle to control and often resist the inevitable churn and flow of the natural universe. The noble and well-intentioned protagonist is nevertheless thwarted as the bright galactic plane continues its journey across the sky, seemingly in concert with the prevailing earthly winds.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: San Ysidro, New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Paul Schmit