19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Roots

Finding tree roots that take over an entire width of a trail is not something I see often. On a recent hike along a canyon, this network of roots greeted us as we reached the top of a climb. This scene of the tree roots growing & proliferating the space around it shows the power of Nature & its desire to survive is so strong. The roots really make a very interesting foreground, and they also add incredible textures, creating subtle leading lines to direct our walking direction.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Austria
Camera: SM-N950F
Copyright: © Michelle Zheng