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  • A grandmother wraps her loving hands around a tiny baby's feet.

      A grandmother wraps her loving hands around a tiny baby's feet.
    Julie Lynn Ivens of Palatine

  • A zip line disappears into the fog of the Costa Rican forest last month.

      A zip line disappears into the fog of the Costa Rican forest last month.
    Jim Pavletich of Elk Grove Village

  • An impending storm approaches a farm house south of Springfield last September.

      An impending storm approaches a farm house south of Springfield last September.
    Candace Christman of Prospect Heights

  • A little girl walks in field with flowers in her hand.

      A little girl walks in field with flowers in her hand.
    Jessica Nelson of Lake Zurich

  • These beautiful birds emerged from wherever they found shelter after the snow fell on February 2nd in a Gurnee back yard during Snowmaggeden 2011.

      These beautiful birds emerged from wherever they found shelter after the snow fell on February 2nd in a Gurnee back yard during Snowmaggeden 2011.
    Kim Vander Yacht of Gurnee

  • Morgan runs through a field of dandelions at sunset in Wisconsin last summer.

      Morgan runs through a field of dandelions at sunset in Wisconsin last summer.
    Lacey Dahlstrom of Grayslake

  • Our dog Remy, doing his best to see over the 2-3 foot snow drifts that surrounded our home after the blizzard.

      Our dog Remy, doing his best to see over the 2-3 foot snow drifts that surrounded our home after the blizzard.
    Jennifer Evensen of South Elgin

  • Taken after a freezing rain on a backyard sculpture.

      Taken after a freezing rain on a backyard sculpture.
    Sheila Hansen of Batavia

  • This photo was taken Wednesday morning of the blizzard where my son Brandon got major air off the porch of our home to land in the major white drifts of the driveway that took 4 hours to clear. His younger sister Maddie watched with laughter from below.

      This photo was taken Wednesday morning of the blizzard where my son Brandon got major air off the porch of our home to land in the major white drifts of the driveway that took 4 hours to clear. His younger sister Maddie watched with laughter from below.
    Dan Yunker of Batavia

  • This pelican bit off more than it could chew on a Mexican beach. It stole a fish from a fisherman, swallowed it, then it got stuck. Its pelican pal helped pull the fish out in an hour or so.

      This pelican bit off more than it could chew on a Mexican beach. It stole a fish from a fisherman, swallowed it, then it got stuck. Its pelican pal helped pull the fish out in an hour or so.
    Kathleen Kraft of West Chicago

  • This photo of a seagull in flight was taken on the Rhode Island coast on a vacation.

      This photo of a seagull in flight was taken on the Rhode Island coast on a vacation.
    Karen O'Grady of Naperville

  • This is evidence that Jackie, my beagle, and Junior, my cat, actually get along.

      This is evidence that Jackie, my beagle, and Junior, my cat, actually get along.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

 

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