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Morris Herstein captured this colorful butterfly in the butterfly garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Taken with Canon Eos 1DS Mark II

Submitted by Morris Herstein

Morris Herstein captured this colorful butterfly in the butterfly garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Taken with Canon Eos 1DS Mark II

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  • Petra Gustkey writes, 'this picture is of a fence about 15 miles north of US 41 in the Turner River area. I guess a long time ago people had livestock out there or so I was told, the fences still remain in a some of the areas.'
  • A prairie in the Florida Everglades.
  • Petra Gustkey snapped this photo of a storm rolling in near the Turner River area off of US 41.
  • Petra Gustkey snapped this photo of a rainbow over an orange grove near Immokalee.
  • Petra Gustkey captured these dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off of Caxambas Park.
  • Taken at Caxambas Park in Marco Island.
  • Fred Tyson snapped this photo of swans nesting at Coconut Point.
  • Katherine Turns calls this photo 'Lunch at Mackle Park.'
  • This photo was taken by Tony Pellegrino on the #9 tee at Hammock Bay Golf Course. The beautiful eagle just sat there and ate his lunch as if we weren't even around.
  • This photo was taken by Tony Pellegrino on the #8 green at Hammock Bay Golf Course. We had more fun that day observing the eagles then we did playing golf. What a joy and true experience it was to get this close to these awesome birds.
  • Morris Herstein captured this colorful butterfly in the butterfly garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Taken with Canon Eos 1DS Mark II
  • Dorothy Kibria snapped this photo of mangoes in her North Naples backyard.
  • The Anhinga is often referred to as the snake bird because only their neck and head protrude from the water as they swim (paddle) and they look like a snake while swimming.  Underwater they are very fast and they spear their prey and then flip their catch into the air and catch it so that it will go down head first.  This fish quickly went head first down that small neck/throat that expands as they prey slides down.
  • The Anhinga is often referred to as the snake bird because only their neck and head protrude from the water as they swim (paddle) and they look like a snake while swimming.  Underwater they are very fast and they spear their prey and then flip their catch into the air and catch it so that it will go down head first.  This fish quickly went head first down that small neck/throat that expands as their prey slides down.
  • Cyndi Gallo snapped this photo on April 14, 2008 on Marco Island. She asks, 'Can you find all 4 juvenile burrowing owls?'
  • Dorothy Kibria snapped this photo while riding her horse Dansk in North Naples on Sunday.
  • This burrowing owl Dad on sentry duty reminded me of my boot camp days as he was getting his chicks in line.  I could almost hear him chirping '...alright, tallest on the left, shortest on the right.  Tighten up the ranks...you there on the end pay attention, I said 'eyes left''
  • The Boca Grande Lighthouse, built in 1890, marks the entrance into Charlotte Harbor. The lighthouse is the oldest building on Gasparilla Island. Taken by Herbert L. Gatewood, Nikon 90s camera, 35mm Fuji color slide film.
  • This was our unwanted guest at Monument Park last winter. It is a  shame for him and for us, that when we woke in the morning he was waiting for breakfast, and it wasn't his fault that others made him expect food from humans. We left, because he was not as afraid of us as we were of him.
  • Berns Mimnaugh snapped this photo of a male bald eagle pushing his mate off the top perch at the Glades Country Club.

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