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  • Four-year-old Ebony, a labrador mix, plays fetch in a Des Plaines backyard this past March.

      Four-year-old Ebony, a labrador mix, plays fetch in a Des Plaines backyard this past March.
    Julie Wenk of Des Plaines

  • A man makes his way across the ocean near Lankai Beach at Mokulua Islands, Oahu.

      A man makes his way across the ocean near Lankai Beach at Mokulua Islands, Oahu.
    Bob Denaro of Long Grove

  • A sea shell found at Zoni Beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico last month.

      A sea shell found at Zoni Beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico last month.
    Molly Moroney of Grayslake

  • Three jockeys ride side-by-side at Arlington Park on Arlington Million Day in last year.

      Three jockeys ride side-by-side at Arlington Park on Arlington Million Day in last year.
    Matt Dempsey of Mount Prospect

  • A red ant crawls on Queen Ann's Lace in western Illinois in September 2008.

      A red ant crawls on Queen Ann's Lace in western Illinois in September 2008.
    Bob Esbensen of Palatine

  • The Japanese Quince bush is in full bloom at a farm southwest of Springfield.

      The Japanese Quince bush is in full bloom at a farm southwest of Springfield.
    Colleen Walker of Round Lake Beach

  • A dog enjoys the sunset on the beach at Hilton Head, SC.

      A dog enjoys the sunset on the beach at Hilton Head, SC.
    Kelly Salt of Wheaton

  • Lightning outlines the Volcano Agua in Antigua, Guatemala.

      Lightning outlines the Volcano Agua in Antigua, Guatemala.
    Daniel Price of Glen Ellyn

  • A laid back and obviously well-fed rabbit sits for a portrait at Elmhurst College.

      A laid back and obviously well-fed rabbit sits for a portrait at Elmhurst College.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • While on vacation, we visited a cove in La Jolla California where Harbor Seals were raising their new born. This little one was laying on a rock, close to the waves, with it's mother. It looked like they were both sleeping, but just as a wave was about to hit the rock they would both raise their heads and let the water roll under them.

      While on vacation, we visited a cove in La Jolla California where Harbor Seals were raising their new born. This little one was laying on a rock, close to the waves, with it's mother. It looked like they were both sleeping, but just as a wave was about to hit the rock they would both raise their heads and let the water roll under them.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • This well-hidden Mourning Dove can be seen on it's nest in my Hampshire yard, through the branches from a spot only I know about.

      This well-hidden Mourning Dove can be seen on it's nest in my Hampshire yard, through the branches from a spot only I know about.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • We've had numerous birds nests in our yard but never before has one looked more elegant. Simple and well constructed, this Robin is a master craftsman.

      We've had numerous birds nests in our yard but never before has one looked more elegant. Simple and well constructed, this Robin is a master craftsman.
    Tony and Cathy Pocewicz of Carpentersville

 

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