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Aerial picture of salt ponds in the San Francisco Bay Area, California
March 4, 2016

Salt of the Earth

Salt evaporation ponds get their chromatic appearance from the microorganisms that flourish in them as the water salinity increases. Your Shot member Gerald MacFly, having seen these ponds while flying into San Francisco International Airport, admired their shapes and colors and intended to get another look. He captured this image during a chartered helicopter ride over the ponds.

MacFly’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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Photograph by Gerald MacFly, National Geographic Your Shot

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