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The snow melted away exposing the raw ice and all its imperfections on the Middlefork Savanna in Lake Forest.
The snow melted away exposing the raw ice and all its imperfections on the Middlefork Savanna in Lake Forest.
Stefan Hofer of Grayslake
Ellie, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog, loves the snow and enjoyed the day after the blizzard in McHenry.
Ellie, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog, loves the snow and enjoyed the day after the blizzard in McHenry.
Alicia Zeile of McHenry
An Iguana enjoys a delicious banana as it sits near the beach bar in Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz Bay, Huatulco.
An Iguana enjoys a delicious banana as it sits near the beach bar in Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz Bay, Huatulco.
Jeff Farinosi of Vernon Hills
A wing-walker poses on the wing of a biplane during the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin.
A wing-walker poses on the wing of a biplane during the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin.
Wayne Harty of Barrington
A close-up of a peacock feather taken last spring.
A close-up of a peacock feather taken last spring.
Bob Esbensen Palatine
A bee lands on a flower at a Palatine backyard.
A bee lands on a flower at a Palatine backyard.
Mario Bialek of Palatine
Far west curve during the boys 4x400 relay at St. Charles East on Feb. 18. The 4x400 is the reason they run track meets. Carter Reading and Nick Devor are shown.
Far west curve during the boys 4x400 relay at St. Charles East on Feb. 18. The 4x400 is the reason they run track meets. Carter Reading and Nick Devor are shown.
Bob Martines of St. Charles
A picture of our little snow puppy Riley, a mini goldendoodle He loved the blizzard of 2011!
A picture of our little snow puppy Riley, a mini goldendoodle He loved the blizzard of 2011!
Sue Jaege of Elgin
This is a photo of my fearless 4-year-old daughter Jillian be launched off her swing into the deep snowdrifts left behind after the blizzard. Dad's idea. I was a little nervous, but after I realized no one was getting injured, I had to capture it on film.
This is a photo of my fearless 4-year-old daughter Jillian be launched off her swing into the deep snowdrifts left behind after the blizzard. Dad's idea. I was a little nervous, but after I realized no one was getting injured, I had to capture it on film.
Connie VanderHeyde of Hampshire
I took this picture at the art museum in downtown Chicago. My friends and I thought the picture at the museum was interesting and that it would be fun to imitate it.
I took this picture at the art museum in downtown Chicago. My friends and I thought the picture at the museum was interesting and that it would be fun to imitate it.
Jessica Bucci of Wheaton

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