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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Shadow of Vesuvius

Herculaneum was destroyed long ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, but its ruins remain. I came across the entrance of this ancient town of light and darkness and was captivated by how the shadows served as a reminder that mount Vesuvius could, once again, erupt and darken this seaside town with little warning.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Ercolano, Italy
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Joseph Sandford