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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mandala with Maple Samaras

My goal with this photo was to take something from nature and photograph it in an original way, and I wanted to create art that challenges the viewer to look at the natural world in a new way. The unique characteristics of the maple samaras are emphasized when rendered within the rotational symmetry of the mandala form. The design invokes a sense of movement and the samaras become wings in flight. An in-camera multiple exposure of eight exposures was used to create the effect.

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Date Taken: 01.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Markesan, Wisconsin, United States of America
Copyright: © Elizabeth Kazda