Winter crocus flowers

Photograph by Vicki Hornby

1. Carthage, Tennessee
When the winter crocus blooms in my yard, I know that spring is on its way. They have even peeped out under a blanket of snow in the past.

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Photograph by Dominica Harris

2. Kenansville, Florida
Big Sur, California

Photograph by Betty Fang

3. Big Sur, California
Seeing the beautiful ocean and feeling the cold air on our face, we felt that we were in heaven. I'm not vivid writer, and I could not use any better words to describe the beauty of Big Sur.

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Photograph by Lorelei Lein

4. Kauai, Hawaii
While the entire island of Kauai lends itself to a great, big exhale, this view made me inhale into my deepest core.

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Bird's nest

Photograph by Melanie Hofmann

5. Berkeley, California
I was excited to find a hummingbird nesting in one of our backyard trees. This is a photo of the two newborns who are now 5 days old.

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Photograph by Sara Hembree

6. Victoria, British Columbia
Finding the calm after the storm.

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Center of a flower

Photograph by Shauna Kenworthy

7. Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
The petals on my Helleborus plant provide a soft, pastel-colored backdrop for its intricate and perfectly formed center. The wonders of nature!

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Photograph by Margaret Klosowicz

8. Canada
I think sunsets and sunrises are to be viewed in person. I think pictures inspire us to make it a goal to seek out beauty in nature daily.

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Cypress tree

Photograph by Mark Fort

9. Big Sur, California
This is one of the grandest and most majestic Monterey Cypress trees I have ever seen. It almost looks like a big old Oak. I came across it on a photographic expedition down the Pacific Coast Highway in the winter of 2010.

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Road in the mountains

Photograph by Kamelia Sojlevska

10. Skopje, Macedonia
This is the only road that leads to Galichnik, a small town in Western Macedonia on the mountain Bistra. If you want to feel empty space and wind all around, you should be there.

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Photograph by Heather Sharp

11. Melbourne, Australia
I am a light chaser rather than a photographer—or is that what a photographer really is? This is one of the joyous moments when I almost caught up with the early morning light of a fresh spring day.

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Stone wall

Photograph by Conni Atwell

12. Pitlochry, Scotland
I have seen several pictures I like to use as a screen saver for my computer, but for a few years now, I keep coming back to this one. Somehow it just calms my mind!

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Photograph by Shauna Kenworthy

13. Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
I became totally lost in the moment as I took photos of this mare and her foal. Only 3 days old, it was ready to take on the world! One of Mother Nature's many miracles.

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Photograph by Mark Fort

14. Monterey Bay, California
Pacific Grove is beautifully situated on the southern edge of the Monterey Bay in California. This image was captured during a high surf winter storm photo expedition in 2010. I feel very fortunate to be a local native of this region, and it is my pleasure to share it with readers.

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Dogwood tree

Photograph by Beth Jones

15. Madison, Indiana
I wanted to capture this blooming dogwood tree against the robin's egg–colored sky because I thought the color contrast was just perfect.

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Photograph by Kathy Kleeberg

16. Amherst, Massachusetts
A gorgeous, foggy sunrise in the wetlands.

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Building in front of tree

Photograph by Yolanda Mason

17. Cornelius, North Carolina
I took this photograph at Jetton Park.

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Evening sky

Photograph by Deborah Krelle

18. Monterey, California
During our vacation to northern Northern California, my husband and I enjoyed the blue sky after the sunset in Monterey.

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Photograph by Beth Jones

19. Columbus, Indiana
These tulips in my front yard were so beautiful that I couldn't resist getting on their level to capture this shot. This photo is one of my favorites, and it reminds me of this quote:

"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies."

— Nadine Stair

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Water lily

Photograph by Sheri Taylor

20. San Juan, Puerto Rico
From the moment I saw these beautiful water lilies, I wanted to photograph them. I was so happy with the way this photo turned out. Whenever I see it, it reminds me of the relaxing time we spent by the beach in Puerto Rico.

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