I asked Metro Editor Marc Masferrer for three words to help craft an intro. His choices: pastoral, rustic, wild.
That's the essence of our photojournalists' project at Bradenton.com/ourparks/:
Manatee County offers dozens of wildlife habitats, rustic parks and pastoral gems of nature. Here, Bradenton Herald’s photojournalists will take you on a virtual tour through these havens.
Our first entry: Grant Jefferies' spectacular 40+ images from Emerson Point Preserve, a 365-acre preserve at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. Here is one of my favorites: An osprey is perched high atop a tree at Emerson Point Preserve.