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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Winter, the fairest of them all.

A heavy rain had proceeded the day I decided to try my way through the woods to an overlook of the town. I expected the small stream to be pregnant with runoff and my feet to be oozing and sloshing with each step. A wind had come up that morning following the storm, quickly drying the leaf litter covering the path. This little reflecting pool was one of the last, holding on. As I lay, my eyes level with the leaves, the miniature pool was transformed into a magic mirror, revealing the winter ahead.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Sylva, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Moto G Play
Copyright: © Megan Cass