Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day.
– Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography

Day 56: Feb. 25, 2017

An orchid by any other name: A Paphiopedilum malipoense at the The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society's annual Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens on South Park Ave. in Buffalo. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 55: Feb. 24, 2017

Bike path: A cyclist rides out on the Bird Island Pier, which separates the Black Rock Canal, left, from the Niagara River, right, as viewed from the new observation platform near the Peace Bridge. Top right is the city's water intake in Lake Erie. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Day 54: Feb. 23, 2017

Duck, duck, goose: A gaggle of geese make its way through the fog to a small creek off Lapp Road in Clarence. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 53: Feb. 22, 2017

Capturing the wind: The refurbished Wendt Farm windmill that stood on the family farm in Niagara County during the 1920s was used to pump water for farming. It is now placed next to the Wienke Barn on the grounds of the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum on Saunders Settlement Road. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 52: Feb. 21, 2017

A grand view:  Grand Island and the Niagara River can be seen on final approach to land at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 51: Feb. 20, 2017

Just ducky: Several ducks swim in the water at South Park in South Buffalo. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 50: Feb. 19, 2017

Warm glow: The sun sets behind the Buffalo Lighthouse on the Buffalo River. Unseasonably warm weather has delivered beautiful sunsets to our area. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 49: Feb. 18, 2017

Dazzling: The University at Buffalo dance team "The Dazzlers" perform prior to the UB women's basketball game against Akron at Alumni Arena. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Day 48: Feb. 17, 2017

Easy rider: A motorized custom bicycle parked on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo has interesting lines and color. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 47: Feb. 16, 2017

Nothing but net: A basketball net along Sunset Lane in Springville is filled to the rim from recent lake effect snow. The return to winter will be short-lived, as a change in the weather pattern will lead to warmer temperatures by Saturday. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Day 46: Feb. 15, 2017

Fresh snow: A branch covered in fresh snow is contrasted against blue skies in Orchard Park. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 45: Feb. 14, 2017

All aglow: The sun starts to set behind the breakwall in Buffalo. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Day 44: Feb. 13, 2017

Seeing red everywhere: Red paint peels from the side of a building on Seneca Street in Buffalo. A perfect color for Valentine's Day.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 43: Feb. 12, 2017

Parking assistant: It appears that this red car is being pushed into place by the subject in this graphic that is on the side of a trailer parked in the background on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. (Robert Kirkham/The Buffalo News)

Day 42: Feb. 11, 2017

A walk in the park: A couple walks along the Outer Harbor in Buffalo in the afternoon light. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Day 41: Feb. 10, 2017

Bridge in snow: The North Grand Island bridge looms over the icy Niagara River on a gray and snowy day. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 40: Feb. 9, 2017

Seeing spots: The snow makes interesting patterns on the ice in the Black Rock Channel. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 39: Feb. 8, 2017

Reflection: Students and stairs reflect in a stairway of the Campbell Student Union at SUNY Buffalo State. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Day 38: Feb. 7, 2017

Love is in the bear: Luna, left, and Sakari, right, frolic in their shared area at the Buffalo Zoo as they get to know each other.  The polar bears are united just in time for Valentine's Day. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 37: Feb. 6, 2017

Ice breaker: The Buffalo fire boat Edward M. Cotter moves past the lighthouse at sunset as it breaks the ice in the Buffalo River. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 36: Feb 5, 2017

Nuts and bolts: Frost sticks to the nuts and bolts on a bridge over the Amherst bike path on another chilly morning. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 35: Feb. 4, 2017

Southern tier snow: Heavy snow adds to the minimalist appeal of this farm scene along Route 83 near Cherry Creek, NY. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 34: Feb. 3, 2017

Saving face: A pot is filled with tiny ceramic faces sculpted by artist George Mai in his studio at Buffalo Arts Studio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 33: Feb. 2, 2017

Oh baby it's cold outside: Frost is seen on the window of a car in the Elmwood Village as temperatures dropped below freezing following a warmer-than-usual January. The month of January tied its 1998 counterpart for the eighth-warmest January in Buffalo since World War II. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Day 32: Feb. 1, 2017

Bell ringer: The bell tower of the Carmelite Monastery in North Buffalo is silhouetted against the dark sky, just after sunset. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 31: Jan 31, 2017

Closed for the season:  As a snowfall reduced visibility in Buffalo, the view of Gallagher Pier on Furhmann Blvd provided a serene vista. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 30, Jan. 30, 2017

View from above: A stunning view of Buffalo from an upper floor of the new UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The building is currently under construction at Main and High streets on the Medical Campus. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 29: Jan. 29, 2017

Winter beauty: Akron Falls can be seen behind tree branches covered with a fresh dusting of snow. The waterfall is on Murder Creek, a tributary to Tonawanda Creek located in Akron Falls Park a 284-acre park in the Village of Akron. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 28: Jan. 28, 2017

Cutting edge: Drifting snow makes the steps of the Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse in Buffalo resemble steak knives. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 27: Jan. 27, 2017

The Eternal Flame: A hiker crosses the creek at the Eternal Flame Falls, a small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. The shale base emits natural gas that allows the flame to be visible nearly year-round. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News)

Day 26: Jan. 26, 2017

Hanging on: A lone crabapple clings to a tree on Tacoma Avenue in North Buffalo. So far this month, only 2.9 inches of snow has fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, nearly a foot less than normal for January. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 25: Jan. 25, 2017

Fresh Water: The 1907 Buffalo Water Intake building, seen here from LaSalle Park, takes in 125 million gallons of drinking water for Buffalo every day. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News)

Day 24: Jan. 24, 2017

Winter vineyard: Deer graze in a vineyard off Rochester Road, in Gasport. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 23: Jan. 23, 2017

Bathed in light: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are aglow with color. The seventh annual Lumagination takes over the Botanical Gardens, creating a light and sound experience that allows familiar surroundings to be seen in a new light. The show will run Jan. 25 through Feb. 21. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News)

Day 22: Jan. 22, 2017

It's a boy: Nico, the baby Ocelot, was introduced Sunday at the Buffalo Zoo; he was born in November. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Day 21: Jan. 21, 2017

Winter reflection: One Seneca tower reflects in the broken and melting ice at the Erie Basin Marina on another winter gray day in Buffalo. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Day 20: Jan. 20, 2017

Making a splash: Hamburg's Ayden Stormer swims the 200 meter individual medley - the butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and freestyle - at Hamburg High School in Hamburg. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Day 19: Jan. 19, 2017

Black and white: Two horses stand back to back in a misty rain in a pasture on Main Street in Springville. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 18: Jan. 18, 2017

The wheels on the bus: A metro bus travels on Franklin in front of the new Curtiss Hotel in downtown Buffalo on a rainy winter day. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 17: Jan. 17, 2017

An eerie fog: The 1903 Buffalo South Light Station takes on an eerie look as rain and fog roll in along Lake Erie in the Buffalo Harbor. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Day 16: Jan. 16, 2017

"I have a dream...": The 8-foot-tall bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by John Wilson was installed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Buffalo in October 1983. One of Buffalo's most imposing public sculptures, it represents the spirit of defiant optimism and perseverance that characterizes King. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 15: Jan. 15, 2017

Honoring MLK: Kleinhans Music Hall was glowing outside as the people inside were celebrating the life and message of Martin Luther King. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 14: Jan. 14, 2017

Working at the carwash: Shades of red, orange, blue and purple shine in droplets of water on the windshield of a car headed through a local car wash. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 13: Jan. 13, 2017

Icy enchantment: A gull soars above ice formations on Bridal Veil Falls in Niagara Falls. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 12: Jan. 12, 2017

Tifft Nature Preserve: A deer beds down in a clearing at Tifft Nature Preserve on Fuhrmann Boulevard. It appears to be unafraid of visitors enjoying the park. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 11: Jan. 11, 2017

Holiday holdover: The red leaves of the poinsettia plant may get all the attention during the holidays, but a closer look reveals the beauty of the green leaves. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 10: Jan. 10, 2017

It's the real thing: An old Coke machine and a 1948 Packard at the Wilson Lodge in Wilson. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News)

Day 9: Jan. 9, 2017

Resting Lion: Frank Cravotta's first major mural at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Virginia Street has seen better days, but its texture and color are still beautiful. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 8: Jan. 8, 2017

Cold Niagara Falls: Trees covered in ice from the frozen mist catch the sunlight on Goat Island above Horseshoe Falls. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 7: Jan. 7, 2017

Traffic stop: As traffic snarled in downtown Buffalo, a dusting of snow collected on this utility cover on Main Street. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Day 6: Jan. 6, 2017

She said yes: Joseph Zbytek, of Cheektowaga, right, proposes to his girlfriend, Cassie Cipolla, of Cheektowaga, on the bridge at Canalside after skating. She said yes. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Day 5: Jan. 5, 2017

The eyes have it: The snowy owl being nursed back to health by Marianne Hites, opens its mouth during a photographer's visit to Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets in Clarence. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 4: Jan. 4, 2017

High winds: A sea gull hovers in the wind over waves at the Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 3: Jan. 3, 2017

Here's looking at you: Raindrops fall off a railing at the Great Gorge Railway Trail near the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Day 2: Jan. 2, 2017

Common cold: Common teasel covered with frost. Considered an invasive species, it was originally cultivated for use in textile processing in the early 1800s. (Cathaleen Curtiss/Buffalo News)

Day 1: Jan. 1, 2017

Welcome to 2017 - The New Year's Eve ball drops outside the Mohawk Electric Tower in Roosevelt Square welcoming the New Year in Buffalo. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

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