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Best of Green: Travel and Nature

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Best Nature Photographer: Thomas Shahan

Most of us never really take the time to look closely at flies, bees, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies: We're too busy trying to get them out of the house (or at least away from our picnics). But photographer Thomas Shahan shows bugs in a whole new way with unbelievably close shots highlighting every tiny hair, glowing eye, neon-colored shell, and sharp pincer. From the iridescent green eyes of a female jumping spider and the yellow compound eyes of a horsefly, Shahan gives each bug its moment in the spotlight on his Flickr photostream--proving that, when it comes to Mother Nature, sometimes the most beautiful creatures are the ones we never notice.

★ Reader's Choice: Clark Little

Photo via TreeHugger

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