14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Tundra Island

What makes a place remarkable? I know the list must be different for each of us. For me there is one thing on that list which has always rung true – and that is when the silence is such that all I can hear is the slight ringing in my ears. Nothing else can be heard, save the deep sigh released from time to time. I had spent the night on the tundra, while it rained so hard during the night I was sure I’d wake in a lake. Instead this is the surprise Tundra Island gave me. Remarkable!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Valdez, Alaska, United States of America
Copyright: © Rodney Lough Jr.