13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
On Top of the World

On a recent visit to New York City I decided to tour the Empire State Building. Not only does it give you an incredible view of an incredible city, it also has an amazing quality of quiet and calm. Giving visitors a chance to think and reflect above all the busy, which is not always easy to find. I like to think this pigeon was taking a break up there, too. However, I noticed this guy had a tangle of human hair wrapped around his leg. Not an obviously harmful pollutant, but it made me stop to think about the impact and connectivity of our sometimes 'invisible' actions. I believe a sustainable travel project is not always about a destination or a mission, but about keeping your eyes and mind open, wherever you are and wherever you go.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: New York City, New York, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 5
Copyright: © Alyssa Schoenwaelder