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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