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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Primordial Roots

The black sand beaches near Vik sit sandwiched between finger-like towers swallowed by the ocean, hulking vulcanic ruble and small mountains dotted by the form of nesting puffins with beaks full of fresh fish. It all feels like being transported back to that moment when our first ancestors emerged from the sea to walk on land.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Vik, Iceland
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Alex Berger