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  • A bright pink water lily with its fiery center reflects against a background of cool water at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last summer.

      A bright pink water lily with its fiery center reflects against a background of cool water at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last summer.
    Susan Birr of Carpentersville

  • This is a picture of glass art shapes in the reflecting pool of the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis. The artist is named Dale Chihuly and often displays his work in garden settings.

      This is a picture of glass art shapes in the reflecting pool of the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis. The artist is named Dale Chihuly and often displays his work in garden settings.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • I was just finishing dinner with my daughter and new son when I looked out back and saw these clouds. With the sun peeking through, looking down on the fields that will soon be filled with fresh crops, I felt like I was sharing that moment with this old wagon that we have out on the back of the property. It was a really special moment that we shared, that old wagon and I.

      I was just finishing dinner with my daughter and new son when I looked out back and saw these clouds. With the sun peeking through, looking down on the fields that will soon be filled with fresh crops, I felt like I was sharing that moment with this old wagon that we have out on the back of the property. It was a really special moment that we shared, that old wagon and I.
    Dave Mahan of Hampshire

  • A woman sells coffee from her bicycle in Columbia. She attached a propane tank to the back of the bicycle -- quite an ingenious way to make a living! Everyone around her seemed very impressed.

      A woman sells coffee from her bicycle in Columbia. She attached a propane tank to the back of the bicycle -- quite an ingenious way to make a living! Everyone around her seemed very impressed.
    Terry Ditsch of Hawthorn Woods

  • A lightning bolt streaks across a tumultuous sky in Rolling Meadows during a storm last month.

      A lightning bolt streaks across a tumultuous sky in Rolling Meadows during a storm last month.
    Phil V. Rybarczyk of Rolling Meadows

  • You don't realize how large the Eiffel Tower really is until you stand next to it. This was shot last December.

      You don't realize how large the Eiffel Tower really is until you stand next to it. This was shot last December.
    Ashley Gorson of Hawthorn Woods

  • Cookie the cat helps Nathan Benes with his homework at his Round Lake Beach home last month.

      Cookie the cat helps Nathan Benes with his homework at his Round Lake Beach home last month.
    Linette Benes of Round Lake Beach

  • A flower glows in the morning light earlier this month as the sun shines through the kitchen windows in Des Plaines.

      A flower glows in the morning light earlier this month as the sun shines through the kitchen windows in Des Plaines.
    Lisa Coffman of Des Plaines

  • With the backdrop of a beautiful May sunset in Aurora, Jared Kramer of the Elgin Warriors U14 Travel Baseball team looks the runner back to third base as he prepares to pitch.

      With the backdrop of a beautiful May sunset in Aurora, Jared Kramer of the Elgin Warriors U14 Travel Baseball team looks the runner back to third base as he prepares to pitch.
    Sharon Swing of Bartlett

  • This is a photo of an opalescent gazing ball, taken at Rockome Gardens outside of Arcola, Il. The opalescence of the ball reflected the beautiful color of the sky.

      This is a photo of an opalescent gazing ball, taken at Rockome Gardens outside of Arcola, Il. The opalescence of the ball reflected the beautiful color of the sky.
    Joanne Barsanti of Roselle

  • I took this photo of a Great Egret at Armstrong Park in Carol Stream, IL. I have noticed that the park has attracted new wildlife this spring, including herons, egrets, ducks, geese, and other interesting birds. I like the way it looks like the eyes of the egret are aligned with the eyes of the fish. I used a telephoto lens and stood about ten feet away.

      I took this photo of a Great Egret at Armstrong Park in Carol Stream, IL. I have noticed that the park has attracted new wildlife this spring, including herons, egrets, ducks, geese, and other interesting birds. I like the way it looks like the eyes of the egret are aligned with the eyes of the fish. I used a telephoto lens and stood about ten feet away.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • I took this at McDowell Lake last year during a bike ride.

      I took this at McDowell Lake last year during a bike ride.
    Harry Miyamoto of Aurora

 

Each week you submit your favorite photo, and we pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. here are the finalists for the week of may 16.

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