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  • This squirrel in our backyard is filling up before the last winter storm.

      This squirrel in our backyard is filling up before the last winter storm.
    Joe Gilles of Lombard

  • As the winter sun begins to settle below the horizon, the frosty snow white moon begins to take its place above the twisting iron sculptures at the Morton Arboretum.

      As the winter sun begins to settle below the horizon, the frosty snow white moon begins to take its place above the twisting iron sculptures at the Morton Arboretum.
    Terry Eggert of Glen Ellyn

  • This was the first snowfall this year in Itasca and my daughter convinced me to go for a walk that morning. Everything was so clean and peaceful from the freshly-fallen snow.

      This was the first snowfall this year in Itasca and my daughter convinced me to go for a walk that morning. Everything was so clean and peaceful from the freshly-fallen snow.
    Eileen Schultz of Itasca

  • Photo of a clock hanging off her screen porch.

      Photo of a clock hanging off her screen porch.
    Laura Timko of Geneva

  • This photo was taken on a rural country road in Hampshire, Kane County on a December morning. I like the contrast of dark shades and light shades in the photo.

      This photo was taken on a rural country road in Hampshire, Kane County on a December morning. I like the contrast of dark shades and light shades in the photo.
    Debbie Gross of Hampshire

  • This photo was taken of my oldest three of five grandkids playing and hiding in a large backyard pile of leaves at my daughter's home in Simpsonville, S.C. I took my kids and grandkids from Illinois to visit their sister and her family for Thanksgiving.

      This photo was taken of my oldest three of five grandkids playing and hiding in a large backyard pile of leaves at my daughter's home in Simpsonville, S.C. I took my kids and grandkids from Illinois to visit their sister and her family for Thanksgiving.
    Daniel Janssen of Elgin

  • A cardinal rests on a branch as a light snow falls on Christmas Eve at the Nature Center in Wheeling.

      A cardinal rests on a branch as a light snow falls on Christmas Eve at the Nature Center in Wheeling.
    Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect

  • The reflection of the trees moves in the waves of the water in the fountain in the English Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last summer.

      The reflection of the trees moves in the waves of the water in the fountain in the English Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last summer.
    Jeff Ivens of Palatine

  • A bush is encased in ice outside a home in Des Plaines after the first hard freeze this year in the beginning of December.

      A bush is encased in ice outside a home in Des Plaines after the first hard freeze this year in the beginning of December.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • A deer stands in the snow in a back yard of a house in Green Oaks.

      A deer stands in the snow in a back yard of a house in Green Oaks.
    Grayson Ryan of Green Oaks

  • A Siberian cat named Nikita watches a ladybug on the window at a Grayslake home.

      A Siberian cat named Nikita watches a ladybug on the window at a Grayslake home.
    Debbie Mumm of Grayslake

  • A hot air balloon ride magically rises from the sand at dawn in Namibia in the Sand Dune Sea.

      A hot air balloon ride magically rises from the sand at dawn in Namibia in the Sand Dune Sea.
    Judy Sugarman of Vernon Hills

 

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