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A bald eagle returns to its nest.
A bald eagle returns to its nest.
Scott Seifrid of St. Charles
A small toad is held by Cassie after it was found while on a hike on Memorial Day Weekend in Viola, WI.
A small toad is held by Cassie after it was found while on a hike on Memorial Day Weekend in Viola, WI.
Lacey Dahlstrom of Grayslake
During a Lake Michigan boat trip, Fremont Intermediate School's third grade class watches the Chicago skyline while on a field trip earlier this month.
During a Lake Michigan boat trip, Fremont Intermediate School's third grade class watches the Chicago skyline while on a field trip earlier this month.
Carrie Salzman of Long Grove
A buffalo grazes near the visitor center at the Painted Canyon unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota last month.
A buffalo grazes near the visitor center at the Painted Canyon unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota last month.
Sue Tinkle of Libertyville
Fireweed blooms in Fairbanks, Alaska during the summer of 2009.
Fireweed blooms in Fairbanks, Alaska during the summer of 2009.
Gene Sanches of Rolling Meadows
Sun streaks through the forest on a sunny afternoon after a car traveled down a dirt road, leaving behind a mystical dust cloud.
Sun streaks through the forest on a sunny afternoon after a car traveled down a dirt road, leaving behind a mystical dust cloud.
Yvonne Chauvin of Des Plaines
A young golden retriever pup gets his first introduction to the tunnel on an agility course last month.
A young golden retriever pup gets his first introduction to the tunnel on an agility course last month.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
I took this picture last year at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love the roses with more than one color on them.
I took this picture last year at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love the roses with more than one color on them.
Skylar Dolecki 0f Bensenville
This photo was taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico while on vacation. They have a large population of cats and I caught this one napping on a bench in a park.
This photo was taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico while on vacation. They have a large population of cats and I caught this one napping on a bench in a park.
Matt Haeussler of Bartlett
Dick Tracy at the Naperville Riverwalk was taken on the bridge over the West Branch of the DuPage River in downtown Naperville.
Dick Tracy at the Naperville Riverwalk was taken on the bridge over the West Branch of the DuPage River in downtown Naperville.
Randy Link of Winfield
This photo was taken last week while visiting Matthiessen State Park. 6:30 a.m. and just me sharing the view with a swarm of mosqitos. The beauty was worth all the bites.
This photo was taken last week while visiting Matthiessen State Park. 6:30 a.m. and just me sharing the view with a swarm of mosqitos. The beauty was worth all the bites.
Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville
Cedar Waxwings visited my yard. They came to eat the seeds off the Honey Locus Tree. Their visit just made my day!
Cedar Waxwings visited my yard. They came to eat the seeds off the Honey Locus Tree. Their visit just made my day!
Jude O'Brien of Lake In The Hills
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