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Serene San Marcos, Texas—"Less than a block away from a major interstate. The San Marcos river bubbles up from underground here in this city, and the natural filtration that occurs makes for some very clean and crystal clear water. This picture was taken the morning before a major flood which uprooted most of the trees you see in this picture," says Phil Lewis, a finalist in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Vote for your favorites today, see link in our profile!
#texas #visittexas #tejas #nature #serene #explore #livenature

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Hayley Whalvin captured this small, peaceful moment in Wimborne, England, of a “harvest mouse [who] sat in a dandelion having lunch.” Whalvin spent "an hour and a half with them, watching them play, sleep, and eat." She tells us that when she viewed the frame on her screen, "I knew I had my shot." To vote for Hayley’s image and to see all our Top 100 photo entries visit the #WhatsYourNature photo contest page at the link in our profile. #nature #wildlife #mouse #england

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In Hong Kong Sai Kung West Country Park, one of out Top 100 photo contest contestants Leka Hule, photographed a silhouette of lanky lizard. She recounts the moment as being "full of [drama] and mystery." Sai Kung West County Park is over 3,000 hectares and sits on Sai Kun Peninsula. Not only can bet you'll see these lizards but you'll be consumed with numerous trails and vast views. Vote for your favorites today! Voting ends this Friday, see link in our profile.
#hongkong #hk #asia #saikun #lizards #wildlife #beauty #savenature #livenature

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This snowy cabin made our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. It comes to us from Jerome Guay who "was [in] the Bonnington range in British-Colombia with friends for 3 days of backcountry skiing around the Grassy hut Cabin." Jerome says he "spent around an hour trying to capture the beauty of that special night." He thanks nature for these special moments. Let us know which nature moments are special to you from our photo contest. Vote by visiting the link in our profile!
#canada #britistcolumbia #visitcanada #snow #adventure #beautiful #exploretoday #nature #livenature

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Joel Porterfield captured these "yellow coneflower and compass plants on the prairie at Montrose Point, [which] frame the Chicago skyline on a humid July day." His nature-in-city shot made our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. You have until this Friday to pick your favorite to win our People's Choice category. Click the link in our bio to tell us who should earn the top spot! #natureincities #chicago #summer #skyline

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Sandi Bertoncelj captured a sunset trail ride for the #WhatsYourNature photo contest and made it to our Top 100.
He photographed a "mountain bike escape to high mountains (Karavanke alps in Slovenia) in the time of thermal inversion which appears in the last months of year," and says "it was very a pleasant and exciting nature adventure." Cast your vote for the best photos, see link in our profile.
#slovenia #europe #nature #adventure #exploretoday #peopleinnature #livenature

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Happy Sunday dance! The time is here to vote for your favorite images in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. See link in our profile! One of our favorites includes this image by Karen Winchester who says, "As I was taking photos of this beautiful Sandhill Crane family, the colt just broke out into a 'Happy Dance!' I literally laughed out loud as I watched. I felt honored to capture this moment in a photo."
#wildlife #florida #loveFL #sandhillcrane #nature #beautiful #naturephotos #livenature

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Mandy Kidd recounts the day she took this photo on a "cold Autumn morning after a light frost and heavy dew. The cobweb is about the size of a 50 cent coin in amongst the only flowering plant on our acreage, the marigold. These delicate webs can survive the frost and the dew however one spot of rain the entire web vanishes." Mandy's image made it to our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Vote for your favorites at bit.ly/whatsyournature.
#abstract #folders #dew #autumn #fall #naturephotos #livenature

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A beautiful harvest: Amitava Chandra explains of this photo taken near Kolaghat in West Bengal, India, that “this unique white grass…is ‘kash’ in vernacular [aka: wild sugarcane]. For a very limited period of autumn it comes from nature in abundance without any cultivation….the beauty is so magnificent that on many occasions it is used for interior decorations and the dried-up stalks are used as alternate fuel.” Vote for your favorite #WhatsYourNature contest entry at the link in our profile. @camit66 #nature #india #peopleinnature

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“This slow shutter speed shot captures a cheetah's leisure stroll at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia,” Jelena Djakovic says of her Top 100 #WhatsYourNature photo. There is one week left to vote for your favorite photo. Click the link in our profile and please let us know your top pick! #nature #wildlife #cheetah #namibia

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“This photo was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah,” says #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photographer, Alex Oathout. “Enjoying this vast salty space in the morning, it is truly a breathtaking site. Man's best friend and a jaw-dropping salty environment makes one appreciate undeveloped areas even more.” To see what nature means to our other Top 100 photo entries- and to vote for your favorite- see the link in our bio. 
@alexdowntherabbithole #nature #utah #dogsofinstagram #peopleinnature

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A starry night in Joshua Tree National Park was captured by Brandon Yoshizawa, who took advantage of a clear night to depict this scene. To help illuminate the terrestrial part of the photo, Yoshizawa “used an iPhone screen light to backlight the subject, giving a subtle hint of light to the surrounding trees.” To cast your vote for this Top 100 #WhatsYourNature image, click the link in our bio. @bay.photography #nature #nationalparks #peopleinnature #joshuatree #longexposure

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Stephanie Gonzales has a spot in our Top 100 #WhatsYourNature Contest. “In late January the sakura trees in Okinawa, Japan, are just beginning to bloom. The highlight of my winter was trying to photograph the Japanese White-Eye, or Mejiro. These tiny, energetic birds are always on the move and, therefore, very difficult to photograph!” Her patience finally paid off. “This little guy paused from gathering nectar just long enough for me to snap the perfect photo.” Please let your voice be heard by clicking on the link in our profile and voting for your top contest entry.
#Japan #wildlife #nature #naturephotos #naturephotography #livenature

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Recalling the day that he took this photo at Canyon Lake in Texas, Phil Lewis says, “It was a day of strange weather as a front had just blown in. On the lake there were very low-lying clouds hanging over the still water and masking the horizon, [and] the reflections created an illusion of a cliff over a large open sky.” His shot earned a spot in our Top 100 #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Go to the link in our profile to tell us which image is your favorite. #PeopleInNature #Texas #nature

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Gary Mawer’s photo of a grizzly and her cub made this year’s #WhatsYourNature Photo Contest Top 100. Gary captured this shot at Knight Inlet off of Glendale Cove in British Columbia. “Glendale Cove is an amazing place,” he tells us. “We floated around the corner and this sow and cub were resting on the rock in the sun. This photo shows just how majestic and peaceful these beautiful grizzly bears are.” Vote for your favorite photo at the link in our profile. #nature #bear #canada

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Sohel Haque says of his #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photo: "This photo was taken from Bogra, Bangladesh... Bogra is famous for red chili production and most of the women in the village work in this field to earn money. In this village, most of the earnings are coming from red chillies and they are used [to supply] the whole country's red chillies demand every year." #peopleinnature#Bangladesh#food#color

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"Swimming with the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is anything but common. Being able to swim with this marine mammal in the wild is a special and unforgettable experience," says Ash Wiscovitch (@ash.wisco.photography), whose photo of part of a dolphin pod taken near St. Croix is featured in our #WhatsYourNature Top 100 list. Vote for your favorite image by clicking the link in our profile! Voting  ends June 30th. #livenature #ocean #marine #dolphins #underwaterphotography

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#WhatsYourNature? For one of our Top 100 contestants, Shaun Johnson, it's "generally the kind with more than two pairs of legs – the kind that often goes unnoticed or gets overshadowed by the popularized sort, like this stunning long-horned bee. While most may be familiar with the more common honeybees, we might forget that pollinators come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from beetles to flies and, of course, a myriad of wild bees." Vote for your favorites from our photo contest, see link in our profile today!
#bee #wildlife #pollinators #beautiful #spring #nature #naturephotos #livenature

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We've chosen our favorites. Now it's your turn! Vote for your favorite images from our #WhatsYourNature photo contest via the link in our profile. We want to hear from you! This one comes from Yaron Schmid. He says, "A baby elephant feels protected between his mother's front legs. This was during a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. The mother is an 'ex-orphan' that now lives in the wild, and she brought her young baby to the camp, as if she wanted her keepers to see how successful their work is. The shot was taken early in the morning just before sunrise."
@nature_africa #africa #kenya #nature #wildlife #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature

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Don't look down: Tyler Meester's photo of his friend, Kristen, highlining at the Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite Valley earned a spot in our #WhatsYourNature Top 100 entries. (Vote for your favorite at the link in our bio.) "I had walked the highline an hour or so beforehand and the exposure was almost overwhelming," Meester recalls. "I had never walked a line so far off the ground and with such a breathtaking view! I needed to get a photograph that captured the exposure I experienced while on the line… The lighting ended up being way better than I could have asked for. It seemed like the whole valley stopped to watch her walk the line...After messing around on my camera I stopped to watch Kristen make her final steps to the top of the spire. Some things are best experienced without a camera viewfinder in the way." #adventure#Yosemite#walktheline#photocontest#peopleinnature
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