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A panoramic image showing the Calendar Garden at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The early morning sun and a strong wind contribute to an graphic urban scene on Earth Day 2014, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in downtown Elkhart. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

A tulip bud is nearly ready to bloom Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The early morning sun casts shadows and reflections on to the north facing wall of the parking overhang at the Wells Fargo building in downtown Elkhart Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The strong wind kept the flags busy on Earth Day 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Small, newly planted annuals are surrounded by a deep bed of mulch at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

A brick denoting April 22nd, which is Earth Day is in place in the Calendar Garden at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A large flower pot is filled with annuals at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The afternoon sun casts shadows of tree branches on the path along the Mill Race Canal Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A bloom stands in start contrast to the greenery at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A trio of blooms stand above the greenery at DeFries Gardens Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Annuals are in place at DeFries Gardens under a bed of mulch Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Annuals are in place at DeFries Gardens under a bed of mulch Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A bird rests at a feeder at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds on a bright, windy Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Gulls appear to play in the wind over Fiddlers Pond in Goshen Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The birds were hanging in the wind. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A bird rests at a feeder at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds on a bright, windy Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Elkhart River as it nears Goshen and the Mill Race Canal Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The branches of this oak tree are not yet budding Tuesday, April 22, 2014, but with warmer weather coming the green leaves of summer should be arriving soon. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)

Daffodils are blooming at Krider's World's Fair Garden in Middlebury on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Small blossoms are starting to erupt from the soil at Krider's World's Fair Garden in Middlebury on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)

Small blossoms are starting to erupt from the soil at Krider's World's Fair Garden in Middlebury on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)

Small blossoms are starting to erupt from the soil at Krider's World's Fair Garden in Middlebury on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)

Blue skies and clouds, and the dry prairie grasses from last year are shown in this photograph from Boot Lake Nature Preserve. Weather is warming as spring and summer get closer. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Shadows fall across Valley Road east of Union, Mich., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)

Fresh green shoots push through last year's leaves at Boot Lake Nature Preserve on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)
Happy Earth Day 2014 from The Elkhart Truth photographers
Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:47 p.m.

Earth Day 2014 started with bright sun and a cold wind, which persisted throughout the day.

Jennifer Shephard and J. Tyler Klassen spent time Tuesday, April 22, capturing the scenic nature of the region.

Traveling from Michigan south to DeFries Gardens in New Paris with stops in between at Boot Lake, Krider Gardens in Middlebury and Fiddlers Pond in Goshen, we created a gallery showing a variety of natural elements from flowers to shadows created by the sun and flags whipping in the wind.

We hope you enjoy our view of Earth Day.