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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sunlight shining through a decorative sun face in my garden

I had wanted to write short stories in my free time this summer, so I took photos around my house and in my yard for inspiration. We have been growing hostas for years around our big tree in the front yard, and we put a couple decorative stakes around the tree as well. My mom, who was also in the yard with me, wondered if taking a picture of the sun coming through one of the stakes would look cool. I ended up producing that photo. The shining strands in between each of the sun's rays are cobwebs, and the late afternoon sun is peeking over the stake.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: Metamora, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3100
Copyright: © Alana Terry