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    What appears to be a literal close encounter by something alien was captured as part of special backpacking trip where the goal was to have a close encounter with my youngest daughter. The glow sticks were brought with the intention of engaging in some fun with my daughter and introducing her to the stars not often seen in our light polluted world. The glow sticks were thrown up in the air just before the shutter opened and the wind did the rest of the work for this magical shot.
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    Wow, James, this is such a fun interpretation of a "close encounter," it's simply magical...and maybe a little other-worldly, if you will. I love how perfectly the arch of the glow-sticks travels through the frame and carry our eyes from one corner into the depth of the night sky. I love it.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2018
    Location: Kyburz, California, United States
    Copyright: © James Rokop
    Categories: Places
    Assignments: Starstruck, My Best Photos of October 2018, Close Encounters
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest