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Top nature photos from around Sarasota, Longboat Key, East County in 2024-25


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  • | 10:00 a.m. February 28, 2024
  • | Updated 11:58 a.m. April 4, 2024
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Go to YourObserver.com/weather 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 2024-25 Weather and Nature photo contest. In February 2025, you will vote for your favorite photo, and the submission with the most votes will win a $500 gift card.

To see past entries, visit Facebook.com/ObserverGroup.

Phil Pape took this photo of a rainbow over Watercrest Condos.


Billie Dawson took this photo of a stunning sunset on Longboat Key.


John Mange took this photo of a clear blue sky over the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota.


Gordon Silver took this photo of his Christmas cactus starting to bloom in Del Webb.


Jenelle Alber captured this photo of a stunning sunset at Beer Can Island on Longboat Key.


Peter Sarafan captured this photo of an alligator protecting his turf in Myakka State Park.


Barrie Wilkie took this photo of a spectacular sunrise in Lakewood Ranch.


Donna Brown took this photo of the sunrise from Longbeach Village.


Gordon Silver captured this photo of a honey bee gathering nectar from a hibiscus flower in Del Webb.


Scott Veix captured this photo of a pine lily in bloom while hiking in Myakka River State Park.


Donna Brown took this photo of a row of black skimmers on Whitney Beach.


Scott Veix captured this photo of a pine lily in bloom while hiking in Myakka River State Park.


Sarah Cristea took this photo of a calm morning from Bayfront Park.


Gary Wise took this photo overlooking Longboat Pass.


Harold Zuna took this photo of an owl in Country Club at Lakewood Ranch.


Gordon Silver shot this Falcon 9 rocket launch view from Del Webb in Lakewood Ranch.
Leslie Merahn took this photo of a grasshopper hanging out in Gulf Gate.


Leighton Allenby took this photo of a pair of wood storks on the Links Golf Course on Longboat Key.


Gordon Silver took this photo of colorful cloud formations over Del Webb at sunset.


Leighton Allenby took this photo of a snowy egret reflecting in Ken Thompson Park.


Michael Cohen took this photo of a young hawk in The Landings near Phillippi Creek in Sarasota.


Gordon Silver took this photo of a buck taking a morning walk in Del Webb.


Leighton Allenby took this photo of a pen shell on Longboat Key Beach.


Donna Brown took this photo of a roseate spoonbill in Myakka State Park.


Jenelle Alber captured this photo of a stunning sunset at Beer Can Island on Longboat Key.


 

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