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My daughter Shannon Fitzgerald doing a hand stand on the beach in Michiana Shores, MI with the sunset behind.
My daughter Shannon Fitzgerald doing a hand stand on the beach in Michiana Shores, MI with the sunset behind.
Janice Fitzgerald of Carpentersville
It was move in day in my Hampshire backyard. Three of my birdhouses had birds moving into them on the 16th of March. It was one of our first warm weather days this year.
It was move in day in my Hampshire backyard. Three of my birdhouses had birds moving into them on the 16th of March. It was one of our first warm weather days this year.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
As I was walking through Pleasant Valley nature preserve I saw this lone Oak tree. Looking at the tall brown grass in front of the tree and tree itself, I had the feeling they were as eager as I was for Spring to get here.
As I was walking through Pleasant Valley nature preserve I saw this lone Oak tree. Looking at the tall brown grass in front of the tree and tree itself, I had the feeling they were as eager as I was for Spring to get here.
Bob Williams of Huntley
I took this photo last autumn in my backyard. These morning glories were the last flowers left that were worth photographing. I liked the way this photo came out because the two flowers are side by side.
I took this photo last autumn in my backyard. These morning glories were the last flowers left that were worth photographing. I liked the way this photo came out because the two flowers are side by side.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
This is a bald eagle resting in the trees along the Mississippi River in Davenport, IA. I had been looking for one at rest in the wild for quite some time. I'm very happy I saw this guy.
This is a bald eagle resting in the trees along the Mississippi River in Davenport, IA. I had been looking for one at rest in the wild for quite some time. I'm very happy I saw this guy.
Veronica Batterson of Aurora
This is marsh grass growing up through the boardwalk at Spring Brook Nature Center in Itasca. It was taken last July.
This is marsh grass growing up through the boardwalk at Spring Brook Nature Center in Itasca. It was taken last July.
Norman Schultz of Itasca
Eight-month-old twins Avery and Elin are mesmerized by neighborhood children riding their scooters as there stare through the window of a Vernon Hills home.
Eight-month-old twins Avery and Elin are mesmerized by neighborhood children riding their scooters as there stare through the window of a Vernon Hills home.
Alan Koltun of Vernon Hills
Signs of spring were abounding in O´Plaine Park in Gurnee recently as snowdrops came to life through autumn leaves.
Signs of spring were abounding in O´Plaine Park in Gurnee recently as snowdrops came to life through autumn leaves.
Kim Vander Yacht of Gurnee
EmilyNierman shops at a thrift store to shop around until she found this record.
EmilyNierman shops at a thrift store to shop around until she found this record.
Abby Nierman of Mundelein
The moon reflects over Lake Windigoostigwan in Ontario, Canada last August.
The moon reflects over Lake Windigoostigwan in Ontario, Canada last August.
Bill Lawton of Barrington
This horse is all smiles at the riding stables at The Ranch, Wisconsin Dells during the winter of 2009.
This horse is all smiles at the riding stables at The Ranch, Wisconsin Dells during the winter of 2009.
Victoria L. Ochoa of Hanover Park
The Metra tracks light up at sunset looking west from Palatine on June 21, 2005. This is the day when the sun reaches the northern most point during the year.
The Metra tracks light up at sunset looking west from Palatine on June 21, 2005. This is the day when the sun reaches the northern most point during the year.
Doug Fulford of Inverness