“Phoenix Rising”

Aerial photo of Lake Owens.

This aerial photo of Lake Owens by Paul Hoelen won a 2020 Drone Photo Award in the Abstract category. As Hoelen notes, “The phoenix rising is a symbol of re-emergence from the ashes of fire.” Lake Owens was used for years in mining and other industries, which left the lake desiccated and depleted. But nature is beginning to recover; migratory birds have returned to the lake, and life is beginning anew. (Image credit: P. Hoelen; via Colossal)

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