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If you're one of those Valentine's Day haters, maybe this photo essay isn't for you.

Not to say we simply slapped together a picture set of smooching lovers and called it a day. Actually, well, there is some of that. (Our favourite is the lovebugs: yowza!)

It's true, there are plenty of reasons to write off this time of year. It's cheesy, it's commercial, it's exclusive. Doesn't it just encourage excessive candy consumption, the skeptics cry. And why limit our expressions of love to just once a year? Why not year-round?

As it turns out, that's just what many of our readers do. If The Tyee's Photo Pool of reader-submitted photos is any indication, there's plenty of bleeding hearts in our family.

Try it yourself. Plug "love" into the search function and unearth a charming smorgasbord of things you B.C.'ers lust for: sunsets, berries, mammals hugging other mammals, misty mornings, moonlit nights, your dogs, other people's dogs, and, most adorably odd of all, treefrogs. You love treefrogs a lot. I guess we do, too?

Regardless of your holiday leanings, we hope these photos, or at least that ridiculously silly llama, put a little love in your heart this weekend.  [Tyee]

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