The real garden gnomes
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Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades, USA, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida's Ten Thousand Barrier Islands.

This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, multimillion-dollar neighbourhoods and, surprisingly, a thriving community of Florida burrowing owls. The owls dig their own burrows and are happy to take up residence on meticulously manicured lawns, the perfect place to hunt insects and lizards. The Marco Island owls are the new neighbours, and their human friends are (mostly!) thrilled to have them around.

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    Karine Aigner


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    • Sony a7R ILCE-7RM3
    • E 16–70mm f4 ZA OSS len at 18mm
    • 1/4000 sec at ƒ14
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