updated: 12/3/2010 12:05 PM
Daily Herald photo contest finalists
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A mallard duck swims in a pond at the Chicago Botanic Garden last month as a weeping willow tree is reflected in the water.
Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
A five-year-old cat named Henry takes a leisurely afternoon nap, oblivious to appearances.
Lori Burgess of Vernon Hills
A Mundelein boy tries new tricks in the driveway on his skateboard.
Abby Nierman of Mundelein
Flowers are in full bloom against the snow covered mountains in Canada.
Tom Strudeman of Arlington Heights
Two mule deer walk through the brush near the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park in September.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
Fall leaves wrap around a tree in the late afternoon at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Ann Tesnow of Mount Prospect
This photo was taking while walking on the beach in LaPush Washington last July. The fog hugged the shore all day for the whole time we were there. The tall cliffs were truly spectacular!
Cindy Smith of Cary
We have some truly gorgeous sun sets around here. I pulled off the road to take this one as the setting sun was lighting the clouds around it.
Bob Williams of Huntley
This is a photo of my son Tony and my granddaughter Alexis walking back to the car after a wonderful day of apple picking At Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove. I love how cute they look!
Patti Brokke of Elgin
This looks like Nature's Christmas tree on Chicago Avenue in Naperville.
Cy Frank of Naperville
I took this picture at Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan when my husband and I went for a drive.
Carole Kasbee of Naperville
This is from the garden at Creation Museum in Kentucky.
Landon Peterson of Glen Ellyn
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