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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (8-15-2014)—A photograph taken by a Mora woman won the University of Minnesota Extension "My Flowers Rock" contest on Facebook.
"My family and I usually hunt for monarch caterpillars earlier in the summer, but the past two summers have produced very few. When this one was spotted - instead of taking it inside to watch its transformation - we decided to leave it be and take a photo," Sand said. "By now, it should be a beautiful butterfly enjoying the rest of the summer."
"I am passionate about pollinators," LaPointe says. "I am inspired and encouraged by the work of Dr. Spivak and the folks at the U of M Bee Lab. Since we live in a location suitable for hobby beekeeping and my husband is an avid organic gardener, a small hobby apiary was an excellent addition."
Aimee Viniard-Weideman, Extension assistant dean and director of communications , said the contest's popularity shows Minnesotans' love of their environment and the pollinators we need to keep it vibrant.
"There were so many fantastic photographs. It was hard to pick winners," Viniard-Weideman said. "We appreciate all of the contributions and look forward to future opportunities to see the beauty of Minnesota through the eyes and lens of Minnesotans."
The "Rockin' 15" photographs chosen for honorable mention can be seen here.
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