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Connecting Branches by Brittany Illana Fader

1st Place - Natural Category

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School: West Boca Raton High School

Teacher: Maria Aparicio

The double image you are looking at is the reflection of a single tree over a lake in Florida during sunset hours. I was standing on the side of the lake, with the tree in front of me and I zoomed in on the tree and it's reflection so no other objects were in the picture. The sun is setting which helps create a reflection in the lake. The lake acts as a plane mirror and creates an image that is the same size, virtual, upright and reversed. The law of reflection states that when an object bounces off of a flat surface, the angle at which it hits the surface will be equal to the angle at which it bounces away, hence why the image is so exact that it appears to be the continuation of the branch.

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