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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cosmic Meditation

This image captures the serene and introspective atmosphere that accompanies the nearly completely dark skies on a natural wildlife preserve. Shot at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, the persistent drone of half-slumbering sandhill cranes filled the air while I sat at the edge of an observation deck and had a friend trigger the shutter on my camera.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Socorro, New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Paul Schmit