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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
Waters Alive

Taken over Florida in a area known as Ten Thousand Islands. The photo was taken from a commercial airplane over the area as I was arriving for vacation near Ten Thousand Islands which in total is considered a 99 mile wilderness waterway. Ten Thousand Islands are a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the coast of southwest Florida. Seeing this wonderful waterway by air showed the true beauty, twists and turns of a living, flowing, biodiverse waterway. Later I was able to kayak a small part of this area to truly appreciate it from water level as well as from the air and learn of the importance to the Florida ecosystem.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 7 Plus
Copyright: © Sharon Stapf