I am obsessed with kelp forests! Since I was too young to realize the ocean wasn't doing so well. I was young I mean 2 years old! I credit this early love for kelp forest my bloom of love for the ocean I can't stop thinking about!
Harbor seal near San Diego, California The award for Best Overall Photo in the 2013 contest went to this amazing snap by Kyle McBurnie. It shows a harbor seal swimming through a kelp forest off the shores of San Diego, Cali.
Firefly, Detroit, Michigan The only thing I miss about living in the South - the beautiful sight of fireflies (They were wiped out in Urban areas in the by the mosquito abatement DDT applications - we had to drive out of town to see them)
Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science Tadpoles of many anuran species come in high numbers, but not many make it to adulthood. Here a group of common toad (Bufo bufo) tadpoles is seen from below.