Share the Experience Contest Winner, Courtney Kotewa,
snapped this image at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with her smart phone. It will be featured in the 2015 National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass.
According to Kotewa, the shot almost didn’t happen, as she wasn't sure if she would
take her phone out with her on the choppy
lake. Although she grew up in Michigan, this was Kotewa’s first trip to
Pictured Rocks. It was on her mom’s bucket list, and both Kotewa and her mom are always up for adventure in the outdoors. “Nature grounds you where you can get your perspective on
life back,” Kotewa said.
"In late December, a friend and I launched a canoe from the pack ice at Meyer’s Beach, gateway to the mainland sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We broke skim ice and dodged ice bergs out to the caves, and we were well rewarded for our efforts. I made the image from the canoe, through a port hole as the sun set across Mawikwe Bay," DeWitt said.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah
"This canyon housed a pool of water that was sheltered from any wind, making it a perfect mirror for the canyon walls lit by the late afternoon sun. The sun was rapidly descending towards the horizon, and lighting was changing every minute. At this time of day, you can sit in a single spot and take an ever-changing set of images of the same subject. Not all spectacular shots are obvious," Staggs said.