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Student Photo Contest

Grades: 9-10

Bridgette Silva – Grade: 9

Image Entry 1:

Mangled Sticks

I was walking along the river and I saw these sticks. They looked as if they were a part if an old beaver dam. Many sticks were twisted and turned together and this shows that beauty and art can be found naturally.

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The Remaining Warrior

This colorful leaf had survived the autumn breeze and the bitter cold of winter. It stayed on the tree for many months and remained a beautiful crimson color. This shows that items in a forest can be warriors and so can we.

Levi Armichardy – Grade: 9

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A Horse's View

When I explore the forest, I do it from the back of a horse, as I have been for my whole life. As such, my memories of the forest will always be connected to horses, and I will always look to the forest to provide me with more horseback experiences.

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Beauty in the Smallest Things

When most people think of the forest, the first thing that springs to mind is trees, mountains, or lakes. However, I look at the micro-world too. In fact, that is where I look to the forest to provide nature's most beautiful works of art.

Melody Floyd – Grade: 9

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Hiking Near Heise

I look to the forest for adventure and exercise. While hiking with some friends, I took this picture when we reached the top!

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Meredith Adams – Grade: 9

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Les Arbres de Neige

Looking into the forest I see the trees of snow. The trees are adorned with moss and sprinkled with snow. There is no-one around for miles. Just trees. This is what the forest looks like to me.

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Natural Vibrancy

I was trying to get a picture of the river but along the way I stumbled upon this tree. The vibrancy of this tree was so spectacular that I felt I needed to show it. It really just goes to show you that you can find beauty in the unexpected.

Olivia Dhoore – Grade: 9

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As I stand taking this photo, staring up at the stripped pale sapphire sky, the forest trees leave a scene of tranquility in the cloud above.

When I think about look to the forest, I imagine standing on the outside of the tree line, staring up at the clouds as we did when we were little. Creating shapes out of trees, and fluffy clouds. This photo is looking at the sky through those trees.

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When you finally get through the trees, to find the one plant waiting for you on the other side buried deep in the snow.

"Look to the forest," is not only seeing all of the trees, but as well as the things that surround the trees. Peering past the tree line, through the snow into what lies ahead. Leaving only a simple plant to tell an entire story.

Siri Greenhalgh – Grade: 9

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Crystal Pines

Sometimes you need to slow down and look closer to appreciate the little things. When looking in the forest, you can see the little things like the intricate details that snow crystals make. This can help grow appreciation for Mother Nature.

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A Bridge to the Forest

This bridge connects everyday life and the forest. If you look across it, you'll see a whole world filled with trees, birds, and animals. Crossing this bridge will transform everything around you into an amazing new forest world.

Abigail Brown – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

The Earth Laughs In Colors

When you walk out into the forest it feels like it speaks to you. The bright colors, the warm sun shining down on you just makes you happy. The colors in the trees the surround us show is a view into the forest, how the earth laughs in colors.

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Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations

As you go hiking or on a walk, you capture beautiful moments of life that happen for only a moment. In order to get a look into the forest, you often have to take the most difficult roads to get to the most beautiful destinations.

Annika Zuschlag – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

Look (up) to the Forest

When I look to the forest, I often forget to look up at the incredible beauty surrounding me. Sometimes we forget to cherish our forests, and changing that starts with one single tree. This massive Ponderosa shows just how impactful our forests are.

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Ponderosa Bark

As I look to the forest, instead of taking a step back, I take a step forward. Nature can be captured from the most unexpected viewpoints, and still show complex beauty in many ways. This picture represents so much more than meets the eye.

Bella Mitchell – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

The Circle of Life

Seeds fall from the pine cones to grow the trees of the forest, and the flowers represent how the forest springs forward every year and grows. This photo as a whole represents the cycle of life in the forest.

Image Entry 2:

A Lazy Afternoon

The sun shining through the trees highlight the green grass and the leaves on the trees. While I was taking this picture, I could hear birds chirping and I could smell the fresh air blowing through the forest, reminding me of a lazy afternoon.

Caristae Robinson – Grade: 10

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Idaho is a beautiful place.

This photo relates to the theme because it is a pine tree branch which is seen all over Idaho. In addition there are many forests that are filled with pine trees!

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Snow is wonderful.

This photo relates to the theme because in Idaho there is a lot of snow! You can even find snow on trees and in a forest just like I did. This photo is of a tree branch with snow on it which represents the state of Idaho as it is filled with trees.

Elana Ballantyne – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

Scarlet Firethorn

As winter falls on the forest and skies go gray, and the ground is covered with a white blanket of snow, the Scarlet Firethorn brightens the forest for all to see.

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Faith Brodwater – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

Wood Is Good

While trees are still standing, they provide us with the oxygen we need to stay alive. When they are cut down, however, we are still provided with essential items. This includes firewood, for keeping us warm on especially cold nights.

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Floating on a View

Docks are amazing ways to let us take a glimpse at the scenery around us. Sometimes this shows us a closer look at what is so vital to our everyday life: the trees surrounding us.

Kaiya Kearns – Grade: 10

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Meadows, Trees, and Everything In-Between

This photo relates to the theme because when I took this picture it was on a long car ride. When we stopped I glanced over and saw this meadow with the mountains and trees in the background. I felt peaceful and content like a forest should feel.

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Reflections

This photo relates to the theme because it shows how an ecosystem works together in unison. Trees, water, grass, birds, and plants. It shows balance like mother nature intended the forest to be.

Kristan Chipp – Grade: 10

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Into the forest I go, where I lose my mind and soul 🌲

I lose myself every time I go into forests of lush greenery. I look to the forest to forget my worries and troubles.

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Work for the view ⛰

Not only is there a good looking truck in this photo. But there’s a beautiful view for the mountains.. wherever there’s mountains, there’s forests!! Let yourself be worry free with this photo!!

Kylie Stevenson – Grade: 10

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Around the bend

To me this picture represents the idea that there's always beauty around the corner. You'll never see the same thing twice if you're always looking for something new.

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Megan McClure – Grade: 10

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A frozen memory

I took this picture at a cross country camp near Smith's Ferry, Idaho. My favorite memory from that trip is sitting and looking at the stars with my friends. I look to the forest to remember all of the fun times and amazing memories.

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Morgan Sams – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

Fall Colors

Only taken in my driveway, fall is so pretty. The sun hits Juliaetta, ID just right.

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Rio Centers – Grade: 10

Image Entry 1:

Drops of Femininity

The cars go by in gray blurs, mixing in with the asphalt. On the side lays a tree. It's fair, you can almost see the sweet aroma surrounding it, each bud a swirl of pink hues, highlighting it's feminity, making you look to the "forest" by concrete.

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Stars Descended

This tree makes everyone stop dead in their tracks, some move their tracks towards the tree. The "fingers" entwined with age and lights draw you in and when standing under, you feel as if God sprinkled some stars upon you when looking at the "forest"