A picture of a Chicago garter snake coiled on a plant at Isle a la Cache Preserve
in Romeoville was selected as the August winner in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest.
The slithery shot was taken by Ryan Buzzelli of Lockport. The photo’s composition and colors – which included green vegetation, the black snake and pink burdock flowers – impressed the judges.
Honorable mentions for the month went to: Kevin Kuchler of Joliet for an artistic sunset at Rock Run Preserve in Joliet; Michael Fagen of Frankfort for water drops glistening on a spotted jewel weed plant at Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve in New Lenox; Lani Nishimura of Plainfield for a butterfly perched on a bicycle tire at Hammel Woods in Shorewood; and Ronald Kapala of Shorewood for his picture of a solitary cloud reflected in the water at Lake Chaminwood Preserve in Minooka.
The August entries can be seen on the District's Flickr page.
After the contest ends on December 31, monthly winners will be posted online, and members of the public will judge the finalists and choose the overall contest winners.
While the June, July and August portions of Preserve the Moment are over, participants can continue to submit photos
and compete in the September, October, November and December contest segments.