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Photo by Sean Hacker Teper/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Photo by Sean Hacker Teper/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

This photo, taken by Sean Hacker Teper, was one of the finalists in the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.  This photo, taken at the End of the World swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua on February 1st of this year.   Shortly after the photo was taken, the area was evacuated because of an incoming ash cloud.

This photo captured my eye immediately.  It reminds me of a Maxfield Parrish painting with the blue of its sky and the way the sunlight illuminates the spewing ash cloud and the trees in the foreground.   The swinging man’s posture along with the color and airiness give this a sense of whimsy and delight that makes an interesting contrast to the sense of fear and wonder produced by the erupting volcano.

To see the rest of the top photos from this contest, click here.  There are some amazing shots.

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