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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Fascination

Sometimes life can be even more colorful than the human imagination. As I recently discovered, the mythical and legendary forests of Europe are as full of wonder and mystery as the storybooks say. I found myself literally in the middle of a vivid wonderland, unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The feeling was incredibly peaceful – serene. Only the slightest breeze whispered through the woods. As I walked along the natural paths, I was in total awe of the blue-violet flora that seemed to glow at the foot of these majestic trees. Standing there, in a completely new universe, I was reminded of the never-ending beauty of this planet. The trees seemed to be perfectly spaced apart with bright, neon green leaves that contrasted the amazing grounds below. After days of searching for the right shot, I came upon this amazing scene – all I had to do was wait for the right moment. As soon as the morning fog lifted, this vision of Mother Nature completely awoke my soul. I’ll never forget this magical spring morning in Belgium.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2015
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: Belgium
Camera: PENTAX 645Z
Copyright: © Peter Lik