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A flock of ducks make their way across a frozen pond after a winter snowstorm near the Vernon Hills Golf Course.
A flock of ducks make their way across a frozen pond after a winter snowstorm near the Vernon Hills Golf Course.
James White of Vernon Hills
A cow shows interest in some tourists as they pass a farm in Cancún, Mexico on their way to a cenote, a sunken hole with groundwater at the bottom which tourists swim in.
A cow shows interest in some tourists as they pass a farm in Cancún, Mexico on their way to a cenote, a sunken hole with groundwater at the bottom which tourists swim in.
Caitlin Ramsey of Vernon Hills
The sun sets last February on the beach at Siesta Key Florida.
The sun sets last February on the beach at Siesta Key Florida.
Curt Sriver of Libertyville
A bald eagle flies overhead during a morning snowfall on Monday, January 17th, in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin along the Wisconsin River.
A bald eagle flies overhead during a morning snowfall on Monday, January 17th, in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin along the Wisconsin River.
Dennis Heuer of Prospect Heights
Charlie, a pug, tries to hide as he peeks around the furniture to see where all the people were in March of 2008.
Charlie, a pug, tries to hide as he peeks around the furniture to see where all the people were in March of 2008.
Steve Motyka of Schaumburg
The tranquil umbrella-like jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California had a calming effect on viewers in September of 2008.
The tranquil umbrella-like jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California had a calming effect on viewers in September of 2008.
Jessica Schank of Palatine
I saw this shot while out running a few days before Christmas. Once home, I went back with my camera and took this cold but patriotic picture.
I saw this shot while out running a few days before Christmas. Once home, I went back with my camera and took this cold but patriotic picture.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
This photo was taken at a friends bird feeder in Wisconsin. I can't wait for these guys to be back at my feeder in Hampshire.
This photo was taken at a friends bird feeder in Wisconsin. I can't wait for these guys to be back at my feeder in Hampshire.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
As the sun was setting in Arches National Park, I ventured up close to the Skyline Arch to capture this perspective.
As the sun was setting in Arches National Park, I ventured up close to the Skyline Arch to capture this perspective.
Susan Birr of Carpentersville
This butterfly at Cantigny contrasted nicely with the flowers.
This butterfly at Cantigny contrasted nicely with the flowers.
Randy Link of Winfield
Photo taken in Sun City West, AZ. with a posterization effect applied.
Photo taken in Sun City West, AZ. with a posterization effect applied.
Randy Link of Winfield
This was taken at a high school cheer competition. The young lady is actually my daughter as part of the Metea Valley High School team.
This was taken at a high school cheer competition. The young lady is actually my daughter as part of the Metea Valley High School team.
Larry Pearlman of Naperville