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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
magical cradle

The photo was taken last summer at Fort Bragg, CA. I was visiting the glass beach and hoping to get some nice shots of the multicolored glass. When I arrived, there was a big crowd, and the sand wasn't as nice as I expected. I was quite disappointed, so I just decided to enjoy the beach and walk for a bit. Then I looked in this puddle. I was so shocked to see these wonderful colors and textures. By looking in it I was able explore an entire universe containing so much variations and incredible patterns. I totally forget my deception and people surrounding me and simply stared at this beauty. I knew this would be an amazing shot, so I took my time, click photos and enjoyed watching diverse forms of life moving in this picture. It’s a great reminder that beauty can be present everywhere and to simply enjoy things for what they are.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Fort bragg, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Copyright: © paul gaillard