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"I took this picture in the morning. I chose the morning because the morning is when all of the bees and birds are out in my backyard. It is also when the flowers, plants and grass look fresh. When I was outside I saw my cat looking out the window watching the bees pollinate flowers and the birds flying. Then I took the picture from outside the window creating the glare in the picture.

I titled this picture “A Curious Mind” because this picture made me wonder: What is she looking at? Why is she so focused? This picture represents the theme “Phenomena'' because it makes you wonder. What is happening? What is the cat watching? The phenomenon of curiosity drives us in life. It makes us want to learn and know more. Without curiosity where would we be in life? Who would cure diseases? Who would invent? Who would explore? Who would figure out what is edible and not edible? Who would find out how to purify water and other necessities we need to survive?

Curiosity drives our mind. They say curiosity killed the cat but that cat wouldn’t survive without its own curiosity and the curiosity of others. Curiosity is a phenomena because it has no limits."
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This photograph was taken while on vacation in Puerto Rico. As we were strolling through the forts in San Juan, I thought it was phenomenal to see how nature has taken over this almost 500 year old fort built to protect the island. Iguanas were soaking up the Carribbean sun and taking a siesta on the fort walls.
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Sodium Silicate is the scientific word for liquid glass. CD's are somewhat of a phenomena in composition and how they reflect light. I am a small person and enjoy focusing my camera on the small phenomena of the world. I like how light reflects and faces through the ice and CD to create an interesting composition.
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There are many beautiful mysteries in the world. Natural phenomena is everywhere directing us towards those magical moments and occurrences in nature. My current obsession is documenting phenomena which shows our abuse of the planet. As I passed this fence, I noticed the massive plastic, caught and waving proudly in the wind. I felt as though this was the flag of litter, climate change and pollution, desperately trying to get our attention.
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A couple weeks ago, I had to take pictures for my digital photography class. I was wandering around trying to find things to take pictures of when I came across these flowers. It is only one orange flower but it still does help our earth a lot. Flowers are one of the main things that participate in our environment. Without flowers some animals would not be able to function, an that would ruin the food we/chain. So, one flower can do such a small thing that can impact our lives so much.
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This is a photo of an almond orchard blooming during February. It shows the phenomena of reflection. and I was able to take this picture by placing a mirror underneath my camera lens.
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Water is a fascinating phenomenon. It has the awesome ability to stick together because of the way the water molecule is shaped. I wanted to capture this unique property of water which is why I decided to pop a water balloon and capture this phenomenon by increasing the shutter speed on my camera. My photograph shows how the water molecules retain the shape of the balloon and stick together before being overtaken by gravity. While I was trying to get a teardrop shape of water, I caught this image instead. I was mesmerized by the bowl shaped appearance and in awe of the phenomenon.
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This shows 30 seconds in one image, which is a phenomena. Long exposure allows me to show motion and capture a series of events in a single image. Steel wool, a battery, a friend and 30 seconds of sparks makes for a magical image. Everyone who sees it goes "WOW!" and looks really happy. To me that is a phenomena.
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