14TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN.COM PHOTO CONTEST Filtering Sunshine in the desolated woods This shot was taken on Day 5/9 of a 90km trek to Auli Bugyal in Himalaya. On the fine morning, the smoke of the fire used to make breakfast allowed Sunshine to play games with the light and dark.  TAGS: Himalaya, India, Serene     Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/natural-world/filtering-sunshine-in-the-desolated-woods/#CgLBXyBLK65wpMUo.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine

14TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN.COM PHOTO CONTEST Filtering Sunshine in the desolated woods This shot was taken on Day 5/9 of a 90km trek to Auli Bugyal in Himalaya. On the fine morning, the smoke of the fire used to make breakfast allowed Sunshine to play games with the light and dark. TAGS: Himalaya, India, Serene Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/natural-world/filtering-sunshine-in-the-desolated-woods/#CgLBXyBLK65wpMUo.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine

Moss Girl Statue by JMullinsJ, via Flickr. Taken at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Moss Girl Statue by JMullinsJ, via Flickr. Taken at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Oktoberfest makes my heart skip a beat! Photo by Veronika K-Ko -- National Geographic Your Shot

Oktoberfest makes my heart skip a beat! Photo by Veronika K-Ko -- National Geographic Your Shot

In a world of a million water pictures, it's easy to dismiss this as "just another reflection shot." Still, this unedited image proves how unreal water can behave under certain circumstances. Photograph by Jorgen Tharaldsen.

In a world of a million water pictures, it's easy to dismiss this as "just another reflection shot." Still, this unedited image proves how unreal water can behave under certain circumstances. Photograph by Jorgen Tharaldsen.

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