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Top nature photos from around Sarasota, Longboat Key, East County in 2023-24

Readers from across the region submit their photos to the Observer's 2023-24 Weather and Nature Photo Contest.

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  • | 12:36 p.m. March 8, 2023
  • | Updated 2:01 p.m. March 22, 2023
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Go to to submit a photo or several photos! Each week, we will choose a photo to run on the weather page of our print edition.

All submissions will be entered for the 2023-24 Weather and Nature photo contest. In February 2024, you will vote for your favorite photo, and the submission with the most votes will win a $500 gift card.

To see past entries, also visit our Facebook page:

Gordon Silver captured this blue heron gliding across a pond in Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch.
Monique Palladino captured this zoomed-in photo of the moon from Buttonwood Harbour on Longboat Key.
Becky Edwards captured this macro shot of a hibiscus in Sarasota.
Becky Edwards captured this photo of a stunning sunset at Turtle Beach on Siesta Key.
Sergio Albuquerque captured this photo of a striking sky after a heavy rain on Longboat Key.
Robert Baker captured this photo of a lily lotus about to bloom in Lakewood Ranch.

Sylvia McNichol captured this photo of a hawk at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Jenelle Alber captured a photo of the sea oats over the sand dunes on Longboat Key.

Diane Suner captured ths photo of an egret along a breezy Lido Beach.

Pam Ringquist took this photo of these six baby alligators just off Deer Road near a pond in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch.

John Harkness captured this white pelican taking flight from sandbar on Sarasota Bay.

Mary Kondrat captured this cloud formation over Longboat Key.

Gordon Silver captured this photo of a yellow leg sandpiper along the water’s edge at a lake in Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch.

Mary Kondrat captured this photo of sandpipers lining the beach at sunset on Longboat Key.

Julie Ann Bakker captured this photo of an egret catching some sun at Marina Jack.

Gordon Silver captured a sunrise off University Parkway in Lakewood Ranch.

Jenelle Alber captured this photo of a white ibis at Beer Can Island on Longboat Key.

Diane Suner captured this photo of a great blue heron looking for dinner at Bird Key Park.

Gordon Silver captured a black bellied whistler duck with her seven kids along a lake in Del Webb.

E.J. Benioni captured this photo of a crab coming out of its shell on Longboat Key.
Becky Edwards took this photo of an orchid in bloom in Sarasota.


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