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  • A leopard frog blends in with its background at the McHenry dam last August.

      A leopard frog blends in with its background at the McHenry dam last August.
    Cassandra Gordon of Wauconda

  • Seeds blow in the wind from a plant at Volo Bog.

      Seeds blow in the wind from a plant at Volo Bog.
    Jim Barnas of Lake Zurich

  • Ann Marie Philyaw, left, and her sister, Loretta, sit on the side steps of their home in Round Lake Beach as they watch a mega bubble form using an extra large novelty hoop made for producing enormous bubbles.

      Ann Marie Philyaw, left, and her sister, Loretta, sit on the side steps of their home in Round Lake Beach as they watch a mega bubble form using an extra large novelty hoop made for producing enormous bubbles.
    Marshall Philyaw of Round Lake Beach

  • Mount Moran reflects in the Snake River near the Oxbow Bend at the Grand Teton National Park last September.

      Mount Moran reflects in the Snake River near the Oxbow Bend at the Grand Teton National Park last September.
    Fred Schroeder of Palatine

  • A sunrise through the trees on September 2004 outside a bedroom window at a riverside cabin in the Deschutes National Forest near the tiny town of La Pine, Oregon.

      A sunrise through the trees on September 2004 outside a bedroom window at a riverside cabin in the Deschutes National Forest near the tiny town of La Pine, Oregon.
    Bill Murray of Palatine

  • An alligator lurks in the waters of the Florida Everglades near the edge of an airboat last month.

      An alligator lurks in the waters of the Florida Everglades near the edge of an airboat last month.
    Diane Seaborg of Roselle

  • This is a photograph of my son Zach enjoying the first snowfall of the year. He was throwing the perfect snowball at his sister Abbey. They played in the fresh snow for hours.

      This is a photograph of my son Zach enjoying the first snowfall of the year. He was throwing the perfect snowball at his sister Abbey. They played in the fresh snow for hours.
    Michael Thornton of South Elgin

  • I took this picture of a pelican from the Tillamook Lighthouse on the Oregon coast. This was one of four pelicans flying in formation one day last September.

      I took this picture of a pelican from the Tillamook Lighthouse on the Oregon coast. This was one of four pelicans flying in formation one day last September.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • Exploring northern New Mexico, I found myself eye to eye with this old Dodge truck.

      Exploring northern New Mexico, I found myself eye to eye with this old Dodge truck.
    Susan Birr of Carpentersville

  • This is a panorama photo of West Branch forest preserve in Bartlett. It was taken last winter. I cropped it, added a vignette and snow effect. There wasn't much to the photo of the preserve when I went there but I tried to capture a certain mood in the final product.

      This is a panorama photo of West Branch forest preserve in Bartlett. It was taken last winter. I cropped it, added a vignette and snow effect. There wasn't much to the photo of the preserve when I went there but I tried to capture a certain mood in the final product.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • I glanced out the window at my house to see this sight and it just took my breath away.

      I glanced out the window at my house to see this sight and it just took my breath away.
    Sue Gager of Roselle

  • One of the squirrels at Elmhurst College tries to sneak into a classroom with a pilfered cookie.

      One of the squirrels at Elmhurst College tries to sneak into a classroom with a pilfered cookie.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

 

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