20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The dance of life

The dance of life The exuberance of life is captured in the swirling petals of this South American flower, and by a younger flower still developing its own path. Here in the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, South Australia, there is a rich display throughout the year. As I explored its secrets I was struck by this combination of young and old, and the inevitable changes that life faces. Presenting the image against a black background allows an emphasis on the details that may be missed in a massed display, and the intricate beauty becomes apparent.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Adelaide, Australia
Copyright: © Ian Probyn