14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Happy plants underneath a pink sky.

People everywhere in the world have been growing to be conditioned to use mind altering substances for fun or in general. Alcohol is legal, liquid poison and now marijuana, a herb that may cause schizophrenia, is legal too. I had abused drugs for 5 years of my life. I am 20 now, I missed out on a lot of social interaction growing up and social sprouting and blooming and whatnot. I was rebellious, secretive and self destructive. I didn't want to feel the way I did. I think maybe a lot of people in the world feel the same way and mask the way they feel. After choosing to go sober, I was floating on what is called a "pink cloud" where life is suddenly spectacular and amazing. So here, in this photograph, is a pink sky with vibrant English daisies, representing children and innocence along with blooming lavender symbolizing love, devotion and purity and representing new adventure and opportunity. This photograph of flowers reminded me I am still a child and we always keep our inner child with us.. we may always restore our innocence and start a new way of living with promised opportunity and adventure to start actually blooming and becoming social in healthier interactions. It all starts with a choice, such as the choice to take this photograph.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Wilton, California, United States of America
Copyright: © Casey Smith