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Last month in Gardiner County Park in West

Last month in Gardiner County Park in West Bay Shore, a rescue dog enjoys a morning walk. “We are very lucky to have such a great dog and beautiful scenery at our fingertips,” says the photographer.

Picturing springtime

Spring officially began 3 1/2 weeks ago, but Long Islanders have been thinking about sunny skies and milder temperatures for longer than that. For the past several weeks, readers with a spring in their step -- and their camera shutters -- have photographed bird feedings, walks on the beach by man and his best friend, a seal at play, cactuses in bloom at Planting Fields Arboretum and the "little" boys of summer. Hello spring.

Walking the beach with bike weights

Lacking the boardwalk, lost to October’s superstorm, a

reader photoshmxa15aLacking the boardwalk, lost to October’s superstorm, a young cyclist gets a lift with his wheels instead and makes footprints in the sand in Long Beach at the start of April.

Under the Lights

The Seaford Little League’s Mudcats team holds its

reader photosTheresaM40The Seaford Little League’s Mudcats team holds its first scrimmage game of the season April 4 at Seamans Neck Park. Grandma was there to record the swings and pitches and root for Brian McCloskey and his pals.

Cacti

Cactuses and succulents bask in greenhouse warmth on

reader photosabenizziCactuses and succulents bask in greenhouse warmth on a sunny March day at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. Winter-weary visitors take spring break here.

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This Harbor Seal is enjoying the day at

reader photosLindaKarlinThis Harbor Seal is enjoying the day at the Jones Beach Fishing Pier. What a life.

Start of Spring

Last month in Gardiner County Park in West

reader photosziggyopizzoLast month in Gardiner County Park in West Bay Shore, a rescue dog enjoys a morning walk. “We are very lucky to have such a great dog and beautiful scenery at our fingertips,” says the photographer.

Sharing a snack

Sofia Fried, 6, shares sunflower seeds with a

reader photosjsfried01Sofia Fried, 6, shares sunflower seeds with a black-capped chickadee at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor on March 30.

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