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This photo was taken on the top of a parking lot structure after it had rained. My friend and I noticed how pretty the puddles looked with the clouds and sun, and wanted to take photos of our reflection. Then we decided it would be fun to make it look like she was holding the sun.

This photo relates to this year's contest theme, as it is rare or practically a phenomena when it rains in California, and my friends and I get the chance to take amazing reflection photos. This photo also represents the theme phenomena as reflection photos such as these always make the world look like a mystical place, and it's a phenomena when one gets to look in these puddles at the right angle to see this strange effect.

Lastly, another reason this photo connects to the theme phenomena is because the photo resembles a total eclipse, which only reoccurs in same place on average once every 300 years!
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Everything is a phenomena. When you get in a car and look out the front window at seven in the morning, it’s a phenomena.
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The Greek word for Tension is "Stasi" and the phenomena of how surface tension works with oil and vinegar give a beautiful effect.
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This is a phenomenal photo of the sky. Its phenomenal because of the amazing sky colors.
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This photo was taken over Thanksgiving break near Prescott, Arizona. I believe it relates to the theme of "Phenomena" because snow days can be expected in certain places in one season every year, but it is impossible to predict the exact day and time and sometimes- like in this photo- it occurs not even in the expected season. This snowfall also has the ability to transform what is normally a barren and dry land into a beautiful snowscape. That is why it is a phenomena. This small glimpse of God's creation helps you appreciate the simple joys of life and be thankful- fitting because of when the photo was taken. Sometimes, the simplest things can be beautiful.
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I believe this photo relates to the theme phenomena because evolution is a natural thing that happens. i do believe evolution happened and we were not just created by a man. The fish in the eye socket represents how we came from aquatic life and the baby is representing how all life forming looks similar.
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The reflection and light passing through the water drop make it really stand out. I wondered if this could remind people about the 'last drop of water'.
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My photo is a picture of my turtle, who sadly passed away in October. His name was Chivo and I occasionally took pictures of him. This photo was taken on the grass in my backyard. The theme phenomena relates to my picture because he was a special part of my life but I won’t ever see him again. All I have left of him are these photos which make them ten times more rare and special. One thing about this photo I really admire is Chivos's eyes and the patterns on his shell that make him unique in his own way. He was really photogenic, and he loved to be photographed.
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This photo was taken in Rufigio Lagazuoi in Italy, after a day of backpacking in the Italian Dolomites. When I think of phenomena, I think of something unique. For me, this was a unique moment because it was not only a pretty rainbow and a magnificent background, but I felt like it was a representation of the bonds all the backpackers had made throughout the trek. During the duration of the trek, we go hut to hut, with the same 15 people. And for all of us this was the clear, unique moment and for me, a moment of temperance of all the people we met and hiked with.
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They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and that is what I wanted to capture in my photo. I feel that my photo portrays many different meanings and that is why I find it so unique. I used the macro technique to get the detail that you see in her eye. The color of the golden sunset makes her eye very calming and beautiful to look and invokes a sense of calmness that you wouldn’t normally find.
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You must be wondering, how a cross is a phenomenon to me? Well, to answer that question, I am a strong believer who loves God no matter what. I do believe there is a God, and I do believe that Jesus was a human being who died on the cross for everyone. Faith is my life and faith is my way, I will always love Jesus, for He will do the same.
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The photo fits the theme of phenomenon because it shows a reflection of the clouds in a puddle of water on the curb of the street. It empathizes how our society has become so horrible and selfish that the streets are full of trash, so much so that its reached the clouds.
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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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I took this photo during a vehicle fire on the side of Interstate 5. The whole thing was somewhat surreal, and I was given the task of taking pictures of the incident. This photo captures the subject of "phenomena" in several ways. Firstly, it highlights the natural- and unfortunately common- spectacle of fire and its dangerous yet beautiful qualities. I also believe the teamwork of firefighters is an incredible phenomenon in itself, and their selflessness is something that can not be easily overlooked.
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I worked at a summer camp for kids. This is a photograph of a mother holding her son's hands for reassurance. It was wonderful to see the family connections. I think family bonds are a phenomena that holds our world together.
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When I was in Maui I was at the beach and then a sea turtle washed up onto the shore. I think it was phenomenal because I had never seen a sea turtle wash up on the shore to lay eggs, and it is very fascinating how big a sea turtle is and how they can swim in the ocean. Save the turtles!
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Water is pure,
Water is natural,
Water is healthy,
Water is free,
Water can help save lives




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I really liked the idea of combining the two things that should never go together but work so well. This photo was a collective effort I had my mom holding the ice and my little bother keeping the fire going while I took the photo. I wanted to capture the chemical phenomenon of fire tied in with the physical phenomenon of the ice.
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This photograph represents the phenomenon of time. Time cannot be avoided. Whenever we are enjoying something, it always comes to an end and we wish we could stop time. The ice represents this feeling of wanting to stop in the moment and enjoy the activity we are doing before it is over. The fire creeps by, melting the ice, resulting in a new day leaving us unsatisfied and wanting to go back. I put the clock in a box of water and froze it in the water over night. I waited for half of a side to melt and filled the side with paper towel and lit it on fire. It is cool to see the final product of a project I did in my backyard.
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This photo was taken in the California desert just after sundown. The long exposure of light trails was shot on site (not edited in Photoshop). Artist Richardo Bredeca has a series of Bronze sculptures placed throughout the desert.

The long exposure allowed the stars to be seen in the background. The light of the fire allowed the sculptures to be illuminated by the glow. It is all natural light. Mother Nature provided the stars and desert, Richardo Breceda provided the sculptures and my creative partner Eileen provided the fire performance. I captured the phenomena of the three coming together!
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