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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Reaching for the Stars

Cactus in the Atacama Desert reach for the brilliant Milky Way. The Atacama has some of the best conditions for viewing the night sky, it was truly awesome to see. I believe we lose some essential human connection to nature and our sense of awe when we can no longer see the stars.

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Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Chile
Copyright: © Gerri Whitley