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2017 Best Backyards

Spring and summer are the seasons of renewal and growth. The warmer months bring opportunities for enjoying nature close to home, in backyards, local parks, and gardens.

sunflower

Flanders, New Jersey, USA

By Marv Kaminsky

Olympus E-M1 Mark II; 12-100mm ƒ/4 lens at 31mm; 1/10 sec at ƒ/14; ISO 200; hand-held.

gosling

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

By Barb D'Arpino

Canon 1D X; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/10; ISO 500; hand-held.

red squirrel

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

By Barb D'Arpino

Canon 1D X; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/10; ISO 320; Manfrotto tripod; Jobu head.

great CRESTED GREBE

Cardiff, Wales, UK

By Caron Steele

Canon 7D Mark II; 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens at 400mm; 1/500 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 250; hand-held.

Mona Lisa Deep Blue Poppy

Wheeling, Illinois, USA

By Donald Bolak

Nikon D90; Micro 200mm lens; 5 secs at ƒ/40; ISO 200; Gitzo tripod; Induro DM23 head.

grass mantis

Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

By Karthikeyan Shanmugasundaram

Canon 5D Mark III; 65mm ƒ/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo lens; 1/200 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 200; Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flashes (2); hand-held.

African Daisy

South Riding, Virginia, USA

By Kathleen Furey

Olympus E-M5; 60mm ƒ/2.8 Macro lens; 1/320 sec at ƒ/2.8; ISO 200; hand-held.

White-tailed deer

Sunrise, Florida, USA

By Kevan Sunderland

Canon 1D Mark IV; 400mm ƒ/2.8 I IS USM lens; 1/125 sec at ƒ/3.5; ISO 640; Gitzo tripod; Wimberly head; from pop-up blind.

Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Pups

Littleton, Colorado, USA

By Kurt Bowman

Canon 1D Mark IV; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1.4x extender; 1/1250 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 400; bean bag on car window.

floating feather

Irving, Texas, USA

By Maddie Nolan

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 215mm lens; 1/160 sec at ƒ/6.5; ISO 800; hand-held.

barred owl

Lakeland, Florida, USA

By Peter Brannon

Nikon D500; 300mm ƒ/4D IF-ED lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/5; ISO 2500; hand-held.

wood ducks

Zephyrhills, Florida, USA

By Peter Brannon

Nikon D7000; Sigma 150-500mm ƒ/5-6.3 lens at 380mm; 1/1600 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 1000; hand-held.

Cottontail rabbit

Starr County, Texas, USA

By Randall Ennis

Canon 1D Mark IV; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley gimbal head.

Painted bunting

Starr County, Texas, USA

By Randall Ennis

Canon 1D Mark IV; 500mm ƒ/4L IS lens; 1.4x extender at 700mm; 1/1250 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley gimbal head.

Male Indigo Bunting

Warren, Pennsylvania, USA

By Sandra Myers Rothenberg

Canon 1D X; 600mm ƒ/4L IS II USM lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 1600; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley Gimbal head with quick release base.

Cooper's hawk

Chatham, Massachusetts, USA

By Sarah E. Devlin

Nikon D500; Sigma 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 lens at 600mm; 1/3200 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 400; hand-held.

woodchuck pups

Trumbull, Connecticut, USA

By Scott Vincent

Canon 5D Mark IV; 800mm ƒ/5.6L IS USM lens; 1/125 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley II Gimbal head.

SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

San Miniato, Pisa, Italy

By Stefano Coltelli

Nikon D800E; 105mm ƒ/2.8G VR lens; 2x teleconverter at 210mm; 1/80 sec at ƒ/14; ISO 800; Manfrotto tripod and head; remote control.

red fox kit

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

By Steve Ando

Canon 40D; 600mm ƒ/4L IS USM; 1/60 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 500; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley head.

bobcat kitten

Livermore, California, USA

By Vishal Subramanyan

Nikon D500; 300mm ƒ/4E PF ED VR lens; 1.4x teleconverter at 420mm; 1/320 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 1000; hand-held.

MAYFLIES on spider web

Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

By Yashodhan Bhatia

Nikon D5; 500mm ƒ/4E FL ED VR ll lens; 1.4x teleconverter at 700mm; 1/320 sec at f/6.3; ISO 800; Benro tripod and S8 Video head.
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