19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Hidden Eyes

The stingray photographed here was continually covered and uncovered by surrounding foliage due to the surging waters around him. Even when uncovered, he was confident that he was hidden so didn't run off but remained intently focused as I approached. There was a moment of real connection as he observed me, determining if I was a threat.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2021
Date Uploaded: 09.2021
Photo Location: California, United States of America
Copyright: © Bonnie Kelsay