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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
On Sacred Ground

On what was the third day of hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek, dusk fell on my trekking buddy and I near some Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags. We were still in the lower mountains so trees were plentiful and low clouds shrouded the hills in awe-inspiring mystery. Just before the sun sank into the horizon, it sneaked one last ray through the mist and trees, perfectly illuminating the prayer flags to create a divine scene.

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Date Taken: 04.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Nepal
Copyright: © Matthew Sanchez