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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Picnic on the lawn

This is my family's backyard from a bug's eye view. The Magnolia tree in the front yard only blooms for a couple months out of the year and I originally wanted to make it the center piece of the photo. I tried a very different angle than what I had attempted before and instead of showcasing just the Magnolia tree, the ground-level shot actually married the new dandelions with the tree in perfect harmony. The edge of the picnic table made this a multi-subject photo, yet it still emits a very peaceful and simple atmosphere.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2017
Photo Location: Ashland, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Copyright: © Shannon Gaston