16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
El Nino brought a bright morning sun as students cast deep shadows during a morning trek in Lake Apo.

The photo may look sublime as I caught the wonderful golden glare of the morning sun against the shadows of the active students but the story is beyond that. The harsh El Nino in Mindanao severely affected agricultural production in 2016. The hills around Lake Apo are actually farm lands tended by local farmers but during our trek, we saw failed crops like dried up corn stalks. Although the paths were not muddy which lent ease during the trek, it was disconcerting how it extremely affected the area.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Valencia City, Philippines
Camera: DMC-GF7
Copyright: © Dan Jezreel Orendain