1. Sandhill cranes in an area of the Green Swamp in Polk County that is similar to a tract preserved Thursday under the Florida Forever program. [Photo courtesy Doug DeNeve]
  2. Left to right: Isaac Augspurg, 14; Levi Draheim, 12; Delaney Reynolds, 20; Valholly Frank, 17. They are part of a lawsuit challenging Florida leaders over climate policy. [Mary Ellen Klas | Times/Herald]
  3. Families visit Madiera Beach as thousands of people flock to area beaches during the first weekend public beaches in Pinellas County reopened on May 9. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  5. A black and white Argentine Tegu lizard sticks out its tongue at the Yebo Gogga exhibition at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 2015. [DENIS FARRELL  |  AP]
  6. Expanding natural defenses against beach erosion, like these sea oats at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, figures prominently in suggestions from Hillsborough high school seniors in essays they wrote about climate change.
  7. Nearly 200 graduating seniors, the top 3 percent of their class, submitted essays for the annual R.F. "Red" Pittman Tribune Scholars contest. A panel of judges selected four winners. [Times (2010)]
  8. An alligator, bottom, and a great blue heron are seen along the banks of the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Lithia in 2018. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2018)]
  9. A University of Florida researcher has been searching the Lake Wales Ridge for the blue calamintha bee, a species scientists say is unique to one section of Florida. [Chase Kimmel/University of Florida]
  10. A helicopter, carrying a bucket, flies near a brush fire in Golden Gate Estates, Fla., on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Crews worked to contain four brush fires totaling about 400 acres and threatening 30 homes in the Estates. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP) [JON AUSTRIA/NAPLES DAILY NEWS USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA  |  AP]
  11. Boats lay sunk and damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle as Hurricane Michael made landfall in October 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. A pregnant manatee is now a mother thanks to a timely rescue this past Mother’s Day weekend at Siesta Key, according to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. [Mote Marine Laboratory]
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Monday, May 4, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  14. Aerial view of an empty Clearwater Beach due to COVID-19 closures pictured on April 10. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  15. Smoke wafts from the smoldering ruins of a home on May 7 in the aftermath of the Five Mile Swamp Fire that is still burning near Milton, Fla. A 2,000 acre fire, now burning since May 4, destroyed 13 homes and prompted residents from 1,100 homes to evacuate earlier this week. Fire crews, some coming from across the state, are hoping that containment lines will keep the fire from threatening more homes. [BOBBY CAINA CALVAN  |  AP]
  16. A kayaker along with a couple of boaters on Tampa Bay near Bay Vista Park in  St. Petersburg take in the celestial light show provided by the "Pink Supermoon" on Tuesday evening, March 7, 2020. Tuesday's Supermoon was the closest that the moon will appear from earth in 2020 with a distance of approximately
221,772 miles (356,907 kilometers) away, according to The Pink Moon is named for the pink wildflowerÊPhlox subulata or more commonly known as the wild ground phlox, the creeping phlox, moss phlox and the herb moss pink which blossoms in eastern North America in the early springtime.The moon is also known as the "Paschal Moon" which helps set the date for Easter. The first Sunday after the Paschal Moon is Easter, which is why Easter falls on April 12 this year.
 [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  17. In this Dec. 30, 2019, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a dead Asian giant hornet is photographed in a lab in Olympia, Wash. (Quinlyn Baine/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP) [QUINLYN BAINE  |  AP]
  18. NASA tracked nitrogen dioxide levels above Florida for a month during the coronavirus pandemic. [NASA'S SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION STUDIO  |  NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio]
  19. Joe Widlansky of St. Petersburg patrols St. Pete Beach for sea turtle nests on Friday. The beaches are reopening right in time for the start of sea turtle nesting season in Pinellas County. That means the benefit of empty beaches, without obstructions or confusing lights, will be over too soon to help the turtles. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  20. Aerial drone photo of the neighborhood in Redington Beach. [LUIS SANTANA | Times] [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  21. Sprinklers run as the sun rises on a strawberry field in Plant City in 2018. [TAMPA BAY TIMES ARCHIVE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  22. What do you get when people flush non-flushable wipes and pour grease down their drains? A "fatberg." [City of Tampa]
  23. Hillsborough County manages more than 63,000 acres through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program. Earlier this month, commissioners approved two contracts worth $11.6 million in purchase prices to add 543 acres in northwest Hillsborough to the program. [Times (2014)]
  24. A view of the former Tides Golf Club in Seminole looking northwest toward Boca Ciega Bay. The 96-acre course abuts the Millennium Park nature preserve and is the subject of intense debate over the future of green space in Pinellas County. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]