Gia Pasquale, 2, looks down to her feet at the Hampshire Forest Preserve on Allen Road.
Rebecca Strand of Batavia
This photo shows golden blades of grass glowing from the distant sunset.
Brendan McGee of Batavia
The burros in Custer State Park South Dakota know who has apple slices for them. Getting the burros out of the car is the fun part.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
Sunrise over Alleghany Park in Grayslake last month.
Cassandra Gordon of Wauconda
A female polar bear slowly slides her body onto the ice on a relatively warm day in Churchill, Manitoba last November.
Debra Ferguson of Kildeer
A deer peeks out from behind the brush at Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake.
Kelley Dodge of Lindenhurst
A bird with an "angel" is seen hidden among the flowers in late summer at Busse Woods.
Deb Marak of Arlington Height
A common merganser hen swims down the Fox River in late March of 2008.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
Cheerleader Emily LeTourneau fires up the crowd at the Ohio Wesleyan University Homecoming football game on October 9, 2010.
Pete LeTourneau of Arlington Heights
Using a Telephoto lens from a distance of three feet reveals startling detail in this dragonfly at Cantigny in Wheaton.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
This photo was taken on Longs Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park on a recent climbing trip.
Bill O'Grady of Wheaton
This was taken at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA.
Joe Gilles of Lombard
Daily herald photo contest finalists