19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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Stepping out onto my deck one morning, I encountered a bat that had befallen the previous evening. Must have hit the siding and was stunned. Not as much as I. Curiously, I took some photos before helping it back to a tree in the neighboring woods. It hissed at my approach and bared it’s exceptionally clean-looking palette. I was impressed. It’s teeth were cleaner thsn mine.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 11
Copyright: © Trevor Holland