A Photographic Ode to Home

Our first “Hometown Love” photo contest elicited so many incredible images from the community. Here are some of the best

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There are endless reasons to love where we live, and paying homage to the magic of it all seemed like a good idea for our Hometown Love issue. Last fall, we put a call out to readers to submit their favorite photos that convey the idea of hometown love, and y’all did not disappoint! We knew we would receive a fair share of photos of iconic spots like the Jupiter Lighthouse, the Roosevelt Bridge, and, of course, the beach—and each is unique and stunning in its own right. But some of the “slices of life” caught on camera were unexpected, and we appreciated seeing so many different perspectives and takes on the topic. A great blue heron catching its dinner at Riverbend Park, a lazy cat enjoying the day in downtown Stuart, a couple of owlets sharing a tender moment in Port St. Lucie… All of these fleeting moments are part of what makes life here so magical. Thanks to everyone who shared their images with us. Your hometown love truly shines.

Gone Fishin' by Jeffrey Bundonis, Jupiter
Gone Fishin’ by Jeffrey Bundonis

Gone Fishin’

“Fishermen greet the rising sun”

Photographer: Jeffrey Bundonis, Jupiter

Location: Juno Beach Pier

Cat Nap by Mark Stall
Cat Nap by Mark Stall

Cat Nap

“I came upon this kitty, who seemed to enjoy my attention and started posing for me. I wondered if he posed for everyone or just me.”

Photographer: Mark Stall, Port St. Lucie

Location: California Avenue, Stuart

Perspective by Jay Ailworth
Perspective by Jay Ailworth

Perspective 

“Good day or a bad day? Depends on your point of view.”

Photographer: Jay Ailworth, Jupiter

Location: Riverbend Park

Crown Jewel by Tim Christopher
Crown Jewel by Tim Christopher

Crown Jewel

“Captured while flying a powered parachute sport aircraft, Blowing Rocks is no less enchanting from the air”

Photographer: Tim Christopher, West Palm Beach

Location: Blowing Rocks Preserve

Moon River by Wayne King
Moon River by Wayne King

Moon River

“The scene’s serene beauty evokes a sense of pride and contentment that comes from
being part of this close-knit and picturesque community”

Photographer: Wayne King, Stuart

Location: Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage, Stuart

Enjoy the Journey by Jeff Frohlich
Enjoy the Journey by Jeff Frohlich

Enjoy the Journey

“So many memories are made on this path”

Photographer: Jeff Frohlich, Stuart

Location: Roosevelt Bridge

Treasure Cove by Jim Mandeville
Treasure Cove by Jim Mandeville

Treasure Cove

“The beauty of the sun rising at Coral Cove inspired me to take a detour on the
way to work. This scene never seems to get old.”

Photographer: Jim Mandeville, Hobe Sound

Location: Coral Cove

Flower Power by Cathy Pelusi
Flower Power by Cathy Pelusi

Flower Power

“A pink hibiscus looking even more beautiful while still wet from one of Mother Nature’s rainfalls”

Photographer: Cathy Pelusi, Stuart

Location: Hutchinson Island

Amazing Grace by Lynn Sambol
Amazing Grace by Lynn Sambol

Amazing Grace

“I was captivated by these elegant egrets and graceful pelicans”

Photographer: Lynn Sambol, Jupiter

Location: Jupiter Inlet

Young Love by MaryAnn Ketcham
Young Love by MaryAnn Ketcham

Young Love

“These baby owls love the Treasure Coast as much as the rest of us, and they’re happy to show it!”

Photographer: MaryAnn Ketcham, Port St. Lucie

Location: Del Webb at Tradition, Port St. Lucie

Natural Backdrop by Kathryn Stuehmer
Natural Backdrop by Kathryn Stuehmer

Natural Backdrop

“The glowing blue water and pier made for the perfect canvas to capture this talented surfer”

Photographer: Kathryn Stuehmer, Jupiter

Location: Juno Beach Pier

Untouched Beauty by Lynn Sambol
Untouched Beauty by Lynn Sambol

Untouched Beauty

“Jupiter is a town where the love for one’s roots is as constant as the gentle waves along its shores”

Photographer: Lynn Sambol, Jupiter

Location: The beach at Jupiter Inlet Colony

Sweet Sunrise by Wayne King
Sweet Sunrise by Wayne King

Sweet Sunrise

“A visual love letter to the beauty of the town and its unwavering bond with its residents”

Photographer: Wayne King, Stuart

Location: Sewall’s Point Park

Into the Mystic by Christopher Spain
Into the Mystic by Christopher Spain

Into the Mystic

“Sandhill cranes taking a leisurely stroll in the morning fog—a reminder of the intricate tapestry of life that exists in our own backyard”

Photographer: Christopher Spain, Jensen Beach

Location: Savannas Preserve State Park

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