21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Artistic
Solitude Amidst Life's Intricacies

Drawn by a deep sense of solitude as I gazed at the hen through our bedroom window at sunset, this hen would flap her wings as she settles down for the night at her claimed spot on one of the intricate branches of this flowering Kalachuchi tree. This image gave me a deep sense of thought that regardless of our circumstances in life, good or bad, we all need a space of solitude to allow our hearts and minds to rest, find peace, and even heal.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Camera: NIKON D300
Copyright: © Jose Mari Mercader