Ben Kauke borrowed his dad Brian's camera to capture the essence of his 5-year-old brother Andrew.
Ben Kauke, age 9, of St. Charles
As the sun sets, these little boats make for a colorful lineup at Fisherman´s Wharf in San Francisco.
Bob Sharp of Gilberts
A sea turtle lies sleeping on the black sand beach of Hawaii this past August.
Megan Ewan of Lake Zurich
A camel rests in the sand by the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt last November.
Barbara Coughlin of Grayslake
A fawn rests in the woods at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda last month.
Cassandra Gordon of Wauconda
Three days of freezing fog in Burnidge Forest Preserve in Gilberts produced this effect on an oak leaf.
Steve Stapay of Gilberts
Here's my pampered pooch Popo relaxing.
Megan Cody of Winfield
A trio of coin-operated binoculars oversees a crowded beach in Chatham, Mass.
Matt Dempsey of Mount Prospect
This is the Australian rain forest during their summer.
Alex Brons of Palatine
Two-year-old Aidan Kerr walks in a Barrinton park as spring slowly comes to the suburbs.
Anne Kerr of Palatine