Best 2012 Nature Photographs

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Alex West, over at a Scientific American Magazine blog called Compound Eye, has invited photographers to share their favorite 2012 nature photographs (a big thank you to Chris Goforth who mentioned this in her blog, The Dragonfly Woman).

How could I resist the opportunity to go back through last year’s photos and pick my favorites?  Although there a few repeats, most of these are new.

Remember to roll over the photo for any identification that I might have put onto it.