February 10, 2017
Your best shot
Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine
Mountain Run Lake is probably about six miles from our house, and I visit about once a week in the winter. At this time of year, there are probably about 50 mallard ducks, along with the Canada geese---we probably have a couple hundred of them.
On this day in January 2014, it was just so cold. There’s a certain time—it doesn’t stay long—that the whole lake will freeze, and these poor little ducks have to keep the water going so it doesn’t freeze under them. I just happened to catch a group of mallards, and this one was just coming up out of the water. The ice was thin, and she was trying to get up on it. I so love the reflection and the mirror image. That reflection is just so beautiful.
— Janet Furlong, Culpeper, Virginia
This is Max, my Cairn terrier. I adopted him as a puppy from a shelter in another state after finding him on petfinder.com. He traveled by truck with many other dogs, and on the appointed day, at least 20 of us went to a hotel parking lot to meet the truck and pick up our new “bundles of joy.” As we waited and chatted with one another, we were all skeptical that a truck filled with dogs was coming to meet us, but it did. It was a very emotional day for all of us.
Max was one of the smartest, happiest boys I have ever known. He loved the snow and spent lots of time burrowing in it as ice balls formed all over his face, chest and legs. The more time he could play in the snow, the better. During the summer, he liked nothing better than chasing the tennis balls we threw to him. He caught many of them in his mouth as they started their descent from the toss, and we often joked that he should have played for the Boston Red Sox (we lived in Massachusetts at the time).
Unfortunately, Max passed away from cancer at age 12. This is the last winter shot I took of him. He will forever be in our hearts as we reminisce about all the good times we had with him.
— Aimee Grace, Palm City, Florida
I took this photo of a zebra longwing butterfly in my garden, where I grew the Passiflora suberosa vine, which is the host plant for the longwing caterpillar. I started growing this passionflower vine more than two years ago because I wanted to attract this particular species, which is the state butterfly of Florida.
My interest in this project was to learn more—not only about butterflies, but about macro photography. I’m fascinated by wildlife, and butterflies and birds in particular. I’ve been photographing nature for more than 10 years and experimenting with macro photography for two. I’m proud of this photograph because it’s part of a series where I captured the entire metamorphosis, from caterpillar eggs to the emerging of this beautiful and interesting arthropod.
— Liliana Campozano, Margate, Florida
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