Our Top Instagram Photos of 2017

From landscapes, fungus and incredible wildlife shots, there was plenty to love

If you like nature photos and you're not following us on Instagram, then you're really missing out. 

It was a banner year over on that social media platform, where we shared nearly 700 photos and videos with a number of goals in mind:

  • To showcase the amazing flora and fauna visuals within the preserves.
  • Educate the public.
  • Inspire others to venture out and try their hand at photography.

Throughout 2017, there were a number of photos that rose to the top, whether they were taken by the District's staff members and volunteers, entered via our Preserve the Moment Photo Contest, or sent to us directly by members of the public.

Here's a look back at some of the highlights:

Great Blue Heron at Centennial Trail

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Keyes)

Bleeding tooth fungus

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

McKinley Woods

(Photo courtesy of Nancy Havener)

Coyote at Sugar Creek Preserve

(Photo by Cindy Cain)

Young queen snake at Centennial Trail

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Keyes)

Fall colors at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Great Blue Heron at McKinley Woods

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Tooth fungus 

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Forest floor finds

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Great Horned Owl

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Keyes)

Feeding time for a Great Blue Heron

(Photo courtesy of Debi Shapiro)

Polypores at Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Snacktime for a slug at Goodenow Grove

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Snapping Turtle at Centennial Trail

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Keyes)

Hanging by a web

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Chubby-cheeked squirrel

(Photo courtesy of Chuck Medrano)

Tussock Moth Caterpillar Madness

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Fall colors at McKinley Woods

(Photo courtesy of Vida Gilvydis)

Lead image by Suzy Lyttle

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