My friend and I hiked up a hill in his backyard at 6 in the morning in order to take this picture. After about an hour of hiking up, we got to the summit and started photographing the entire landscape for good nature shots.
Equipment: PowerShot SD1100IS
Settings: ISO-200; F-stop- 1/60; Aperture- 2.8
Technique: Shoot ALL the nature!

- Alex Hancock

I happened to have the day off on the first day of spring, so I decided to go on a photographic nature hike. The place I picked was Solstice Canton, which is in Malibu, Ca. As I was walking up one of the trails, I came across this woman in a yoga pose, who asked me to take her picture, which I did. I thought it pretty much exemplified the first day of spring in California, especially in Malibu.
Canon 6D
Canon 24-105 lens
ISO 100

- Andy Marx

I've lived at the foot of these sweet, rolling hills in Fremont, CA for the past 15 years. In all this time, I have never attempted to climb it. Until this morning, when I woke a friend up and we headed out to take a picture of the sunrise. Now, it took us a good twenty minutes to reach the top, just in time for us to get shots of the sun and surrounding landscape, including many cities in the bay area. To be honest, I felt a little disappointed, because most of the plants are dead at this time of year, scorched and parched by the sun. It took us half an hour to navigate a route down the hill and jump a barbed-wire fence into the neighbor's yard, as well as their fence into my cul-de-sac. As we were walking, I noticed this beauty, and took a photo. Worth it.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 800
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

- Anthony Lau

I'm a beginner to photography by 6 months. My boyfriend follows your articles and he kindly sent me your link to enter the contest. I went ahead and took few pictures at the park closest to my home on a rainy Saturday. I had one umbrella on the left hand, camera on my right and on my knees while taking this picture. This one is my most favourite - I wish I can send my top three :) I am very pleased with the pictures I took with only an hour lesson from where I bought my camera on how to use it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Location: Chinguacousy Park, Brampton, ON, Canada. Flower: Daffodil.
Camera: Canon T3i Rebel
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm
ISO: 200

- Arlyce Nieto

Spring is still trying to pop up here in Newtown, CT. I knew I wanted to do a macro shot of flowers, but as I walked around my neighborhood, I realized that there really weren't any yet. Searching all over, I found a bush of these in a neighbors yard. I'm not sure what they are though. The white bulbs with yellow accents and green leaves are the same colors as Sandy Hook Elementary School's colors. My town is still recovering from the December tragedy, but seeing this first bush of flowers pop up brings me hope that the beauty of Spring will help my town continue to push through. I look forward to capturing shots of flowers and nature this Spring, and well into the Summer.
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
ISO: 200

- Ben Spiegel

On a lazy Tuesday during Spring Break I decided to take a walk through the Rose Gardens at my school. I came upon an overhang, which was covered with vines. The vines were covered with theses purple clusters of flowers, which were in the process of blooming. I took this photo underneath the hanging purple flowers.
Canon t4i with 18-135mm STM
iso 100

- Brian Kirby

Spring came, then went back to winter. The crocus' came up on a beautiful 60 degree spring day, the next day it snowed 12".
Canon 50D
Canon 100mm Macro lens
ISO 100

- Chris Andrews

I realize the first sights of Springs would, and should, normally include leaf retention on trees, the blossoming of a flower, and way the sun rays pass through the clouds of a sneeze. But to me, and plenty others out there, I feel Spring time is the sprouting of friendships and the reoccurrence of fun times. We like to think every winter will be different - we'll go out tonight - we'll meet up with them after I take a nap - I'll do something active tomorrow. As daylight savings time allows us to feel less pitiful and stay-up longer, the warmer climate allows my friends to find themselves coming together to have fun times again. Here is a picture of just a few guys the other night enjoying what's important about to Spring to us - partying and friendship. We had an evening BBQ that resulted in a late night ramp session, that led to a bonfire, that led to multiple early morning basketball games (till 3 amish). I really enjoy the colorfulness of such a dark photo, maybe a side of Spring most don't consciously realize.
Rebel XTi, freehand, worklights x4
Sigma 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye
ISO200, F/3.5, 1/125 sec
2:11am 04/13/2013

- Chris Conrad

"Anther, Stigma, and Style"
Just starting to see signs of Spring in Massachusetts; a few overachievers; the early finishers from the Winter Marathon. But we know Spring is coming. Canon T3i, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, f2.8, ISO 100.

- Costas Kitsos

I decided to dedicate this challenge to a beautiful orchid that has accompanied me stubbornly while moving to another town. This winter has been too long... and finally with the arrival of the sun I captured the blossom of the first 2013 flower!
Canon 550D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS
f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

- Filipe Soares

The tree at my house blooms beautifully every spring, but it only lasts for a few days. When it finally happened I was able to take a picture. Fortunately and unfortunately it sounded as if there was a swarm of bees in the tree. I was able to get in a few shots before they chased me away. I used my Canon 50D with the 28 - 135 mm lens. My settings were at: 1/500, ISO 125, f 5.6.

- Hilary R. Shyface Andraschko

I was laying out by the pool on a cloudy day (because I thought the sun was going to show up) and eventually, while walking back to my apartment, I happened to see this mother duck protecting her brand new babies. My wife always loves when the ducks come out in the spring so she wanted me to take a picture of them for her. As I ran around trying to find my camera and get a good shot of the babies, the mother did her best to stay between me and her bundles of joy. I figured that's one of the duties of spring time, don't let creepy guys with cameras get your young. Canon T3i, 250mm, f/5.6, 1/100sec, mother duck filter.

- Jesse Opgenorth

Spring hasn't really sprung in my area so I just walked around in search of life. A Dogwood (I think) tree near me happened to be flowering, and above it was a clear blue sky. I put them together and this is the result. I hope you all like it!
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM
ISO: 125
Focal Length: 88mm
f: 4.0
Shutter: 1/500 sec

- JT McGrath

I was lucky enough to find a break in the wave of tourists to capture this shot. My lens wouldn't allow me to focus on anything within 2 feet of the lens, so I had to kneel on the sidewalk pointing my camera straight up to capture these flowers.
Camera: Nikon D3200
Lens: 55-200mm at 55mm
ISO 100
shutter: 1/640 s

- Manoj Kunthu

I was thinking of ideas for cover art for a podcast and i thought spring would be a good theme, so i went outside, looked around and the dead grass with just a few new blades was the only thing that caught my eye. Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

- Mashario Brown

I think I spent all day taking photos and the all night which one i should submit. It wasn't the easiest choice. I chose this photo because the same flower fighting if it wants to be a girl or boy. The blue flower has pink while the pink as blue. Hope you enjoy the photo.

- Matthew Gundry-White

For this challenge I wanted to get pictures of flowers or birds and flowers, but everywhere I went in SF was littered with tourists that kept getting in my way. I ended up at Ocean Beach towards sunset (time AND location...) when I got there it was off and on rain... Behind me was a rainbow and in front was a beautiful sunset. So really no matter which way I pointed my camera I'd get a nice shot. Of all the shots I got I liked this one. I don't know a thing about surfing, but I figure since it's spring the water must be warmer. Camera is a Nikon D3100. f/3.2, 1/60, ISO 800. Oddly enough I used my 105mm macro lens.

- Matthew Singleton

Last year's Spring contest photos had images of plant life to convey the first moments of Spring, but I feel animals, specifically birds, can do just as well. These Lesser Goldfinches have been swarming my backyard recently and I thought these little guys would be perfect as my first entry in the Gizmodo Photo Contest. This is the result.
Nikon D5100
ISO 800

- Matthew Zarzeka

I like to hike with my dogs at a state park here in Illinois, which is where the picture was taken. Since I had the dogs with me, I left the DSLR at home for fear of breaking it and instead took my trusty point n shoot. It's a Nikon Coolpix AW100. It's pretty tough, so I don't have to worry about breaking it. But manual settings are limited, so I'm not sure what it was set at. I did have to use the macro function as these flowers were just tiny! The area I was hiking in was pretty heavily wooded, but every now and then I'd see a tiny batch of flowers peaking through the ugly brown leaves covering the ground. Just thought it was a neat contrast. I love seeing the first flowers of spring. These aren't my favorite. It'll be another week or 2 before the really pretty flowers come out, but it's still beautiful all the same.

- Megan Peters

This tree is on my front yard, and every year it produces an amazing burst of color to let us know spring is officially here. Shot on a Canon T4i with a Bower 14mm, F/11 - ISO 160, Shutter Speed 1/60 sec.

- Paul Valerio

Spring for my girlfriend's family marks the beginning of the growing season and the farmer's market around Baltimore, MD. They've already begun selling flowers and herbs, so their greenhouse is full of beautiful, vibrant color, which is protected from the last threatening frost. Countless varieties of flowers put my macro lens to work during our break from seeding and watering.
Shot with:
- Canon T2i
- Tokina 100mm macro
- ISO 100
- f/7.1
- 1/640 sec

- Philip Clements

"Rosy Painting"
The first bud on a miniature rose plant, a sure sign of Spring! Taken with my Canon 7D, macro 60mm lens, f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 200.

- Rachael Pawlak

It was a great overcasty day in my neighborhood of Venice, CA, so the lighting was easy to work with. The day prior to taking this shot, my wife and I were walking our baby and dog by this setup in someones yard and every flower was in full bloom. It looked like a sea of these flowers that the flamingos where wading in. I snapped a shot with Instagram and my friends loved it, so I went back to get a shot with my Canon 40D. Unfortunately, half the flowers weren't in full bloom this time, so the effect was not as dramatic - but still a good shot. I used my 50mm prime lens to get a nice DoF and shot from a few different angles.

- Randy Osborn

I had taken at least a 100 photos this week for the contest but none really stood out. Finally on Sunday, I went out to the weeping cherry tree in front of the house, knelt under it and tried to take a photo of the flowers with the sun behind them, making the flowers backlit. I really liked the effect and here's the final version after some lens correction and exposure correction in lightroom.
Canon T3i Rebel.
ISO 100
250 mm
1/400 sec

- Sharōn Joshi

In the still cool morning, I wandered through the prickly desert in Sabino Canyon Park, Tucson AZ., Sunday morning looking for the early arrival in spring and found a sprouting and blooming prickly pear cactus.
Nikon d5100
18-55mm nikon zoom
shot at 55mm no filters to get the bokeh
f 8
iso 100
1/350 sec

- Steve Wolfhope

We've had nothing but gray weather for the last three months, so I was thrilled when finally we had blue sky today: one day before the deadline. I took this picture of an apricot flower about to bloom with my 500D and an old giant 400mm Novoflex Lens. Hand-held 1/640s at f/16 and ISO 400. The green background is the grass completely out of focus.

- Tobias Ammann

I've been a long time reader, but this is my first shooting challenge submission. I had been watching this patch of Siberian Squill come to life near my office for a few weeks. When this contest was first announced, it was still wintery cold in NY, and spring was nowhere to be found. But I revisited these flowers the other day, and they had really taken off!
I shot this with my iPhone 5, using the ProCamera app to choose focus and white balance, and then processed it for more vibrant color in the same app.

- Tyler Nevins