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Two dogs interact at the Lakewood Forest Preserve dog exercise area near Wauconda.
Two dogs interact at the Lakewood Forest Preserve dog exercise area near Wauconda.
Jim Barnas of Lake Zurich
A young male polar bear sunbathes on a rock in Churchill, Manitoba as he waits for the Hudson Bay to freeze.
A young male polar bear sunbathes on a rock in Churchill, Manitoba as he waits for the Hudson Bay to freeze.
Debra Ferguson of Kildeer
The Nobska Point Lighthouse is on the road between Falmouth and Woods Hole, MA.
The Nobska Point Lighthouse is on the road between Falmouth and Woods Hole, MA.
John J. Brennan of Libertyville
Th sun shines on a saguaro cactus last month in the Saguaro National Monument in Tucson, Arizona.
Th sun shines on a saguaro cactus last month in the Saguaro National Monument in Tucson, Arizona.
Donna Currie of Prospect Heights
The colors and lines contrast with each other on this building in central Florida.
The colors and lines contrast with each other on this building in central Florida.
Sharon Swing of Bartlett
A praying mantis stands in the grass in a Palatine back yard in the fall of 2008.
A praying mantis stands in the grass in a Palatine back yard in the fall of 2008.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
Walking in Burlington Prairie, this dried plant intrigued me with the shape of it's compartments. It looked like it had done it's job and was waiting for new life to take over.
Walking in Burlington Prairie, this dried plant intrigued me with the shape of it's compartments. It looked like it had done it's job and was waiting for new life to take over.
Bob Williams of Huntley
This picture was taken walking along the beach in Washington state.
This picture was taken walking along the beach in Washington state.
Cindy Smith of Cary
American White Pelicans, an unusual sight on the Fox River, were spotted just north of the Carpentersville dam during the recent 80-degree Sunday.
American White Pelicans, an unusual sight on the Fox River, were spotted just north of the Carpentersville dam during the recent 80-degree Sunday.
Bob Sharp of Gilberts
This photo demonstrates a concept of physics, the light spectrum, using drops of water on a compact disc. I used a Canon EOS Rebel XT with a close-up +3 optical filter on an 18-55 mm lens for this abstract photo.
This photo demonstrates a concept of physics, the light spectrum, using drops of water on a compact disc. I used a Canon EOS Rebel XT with a close-up +3 optical filter on an 18-55 mm lens for this abstract photo.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
Our dogs Rosco and Dillon are inseparable. Rosco is 11 months old and Dillon is 4 months old.
Our dogs Rosco and Dillon are inseparable. Rosco is 11 months old and Dillon is 4 months old.
Theresa Windisch of Bloomingdale
While on vacation with my wife Cindy, I photographed Kitt Peak National Observatory at sunset near Tucson, AZ.
While on vacation with my wife Cindy, I photographed Kitt Peak National Observatory at sunset near Tucson, AZ.
Ray Vegter of Carol Stream
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