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  • This picture is of a city sculpture in downtown Spokane, Washington. I thought it looked really cool with the lights of the cars passing behind.

      This picture is of a city sculpture in downtown Spokane, Washington. I thought it looked really cool with the lights of the cars passing behind.
    Tom Nicol of Geneva

  • This is a photo taken early Friday morning, March 1, after the Leap Year overnight snow. This is a lone tree at the public access to Lake Campton in Campton Hills. It may appear to be black and white, but this is a color photo.

      This is a photo taken early Friday morning, March 1, after the Leap Year overnight snow. This is a lone tree at the public access to Lake Campton in Campton Hills. It may appear to be black and white, but this is a color photo.
    Steven J. Lemon of Geneva

  • The Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago followed by a parade.

      The Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago followed by a parade.
    Abby Nierman of Mundelein

  • St. Viator's hockey team defeats Loyola at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville to move on to the state high school hockey championship at the United Center.

      St. Viator's hockey team defeats Loyola at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville to move on to the state high school hockey championship at the United Center.
    Scott Jamieson of Arlington Heights

  • Several thistles in the woods during early spring at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.

      Several thistles in the woods during early spring at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.
    Valerie Carroll of Elk Grove Village

  • Bo enjoys the fresh air during a car ride in 2007.

      Bo enjoys the fresh air during a car ride in 2007.
    Karen Adams-Taylor of Antioch

  • I took this photograph last year while driving around Northern California. This was in the Redwood National Park near the Pacific coast.

      I took this photograph last year while driving around Northern California. This was in the Redwood National Park near the Pacific coast.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • The Navy Special Warfare Combat Craft (SWCC) team was demonstrating a "hot extract" of Navy Seals from a hostile beach head on March 9th, at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi as a part of the Naval Retirement Ceremony of CWO5 Rick Hudson after 32 years of service. Some of the SWCC team members in this demonstration appeared in the movie "Act of Valor"

      The Navy Special Warfare Combat Craft (SWCC) team was demonstrating a "hot extract" of Navy Seals from a hostile beach head on March 9th, at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi as a part of the Naval Retirement Ceremony of CWO5 Rick Hudson after 32 years of service. Some of the SWCC team members in this demonstration appeared in the movie "Act of Valor"
    Patty Bryant of Palatine

  • A Great Blue Heron comes back to the next to feed waiting babies last spring at the Almond Marsh rookery in Wildwood.

      A Great Blue Heron comes back to the next to feed waiting babies last spring at the Almond Marsh rookery in Wildwood.
    Linda L. Sarmento of Wildwood

  • This shot was taken along the trail to Clingman's Dome in Great Smokey Mountains Natl. Park. Although it was quite warm in the valleys, the hilltop temperatures were in the lower 40s. Even without the chill, the panorama provides the goose bumps.

      This shot was taken along the trail to Clingman's Dome in Great Smokey Mountains Natl. Park. Although it was quite warm in the valleys, the hilltop temperatures were in the lower 40s. Even without the chill, the panorama provides the goose bumps.
    John Maystadt, from Roselle

  • During one of Amsterdamīs coldest spells, I took this shot along one of the famous canals on a very cold night!

      During one of Amsterdamīs coldest spells, I took this shot along one of the famous canals on a very cold night!
    Larry Pearlman, from Naperville

  • I took this photo in April of 2008, of swimmers enjoying the last hours of sunlight at Newport Beach in California. In the far upper left background you can just make out Santa Catalina Island.

      I took this photo in April of 2008, of swimmers enjoying the last hours of sunlight at Newport Beach in California. In the far upper left background you can just make out Santa Catalina Island.
    John Maystadt, From Roselle

 

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