Photographed by Ruth Rothschild.

Sometimes, unexpected patterns/designs show up in nature as though they're sending us a message. To me, this photo represents one of those instances. One evening this past summer, I was standing outside taking photos of the sunset. Initially, I didn't see the heart shape that had been formed by the leaves. While trying to determine the best angle, etc., at which to take this shot, using just my naked eye, all I saw was the sun shining through a gap in the tree leaves. It wasn't until I put the camera to my eye, looked through the viewfinder, and zoomed in a little that I saw the glowing heart shape. It was as though the tree was sending a message.

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