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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Miyajima Serenity

This is the great floating torii gate, or Itsukushima, in Miyajima, Japan. The photo was taken at low tide so nearly the whole gate was visible. It's especially striking with the contrast of green algae with the orange gate, blue water and pink overcast sky. My favorite part, though, is the little bird perched on its right side, which I didn't notice until I later went through my photos.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2019
Date Uploaded: 07.2019
Photo Location: Miyajima, Japan
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Arielle Valenzuela