13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
"The Gift" at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

In 1938 the Norfolk Botanical Gardens was not the vision of beauty it is today. Our Government commissioned 200 African American men and women to clear 30 acres of swamp and begin to plant Azaleas. This was the beginning of a "Gift" for many generations to enjoy. My photograph shows depth with softness, color and reflection, which must have been some of the great qualities it took to create such a beautiful garden.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3100
Copyright: © Adele Langkil