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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Backyard

Curtis, Kate and Jude, siblings, lie in their backyard in Watford, North Dakota. 6 July 2017. The Long family has five children whom they homeschool. Western North Dakota attracted families from across the nation during the recent oil boom. Watford, like other rural towns in the region, is now facing unemployment and overdevelopment since the decline of the oil industry.

This photo is a finalist in the American Experience category of our 15th Annual Photo Contest. See all 60 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Watford, North Dakota, United States of America
Copyright: © Sarah Blesener
Awards
Photo of the Day: 01.09.18
Editor's Pick
Finalist