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  • I took this photo this morning of a Red Admiral butterfly on a Clematis vine flower in one of our flower gardens. There were lots of these butterflies flying around on this morning.

      I took this photo this morning of a Red Admiral butterfly on a Clematis vine flower in one of our flower gardens. There were lots of these butterflies flying around on this morning.
    Eugene Bordelon of Warrenville

  • This is a shot I took last June of the goats who reside atop Mt. Evans in Colorado. Goats are not native to Colorado, but were released there back in the 50s.

      This is a shot I took last June of the goats who reside atop Mt. Evans in Colorado. Goats are not native to Colorado, but were released there back in the 50s.
    Jim Paskiewicz of Algonquin

  • I took this photo last spring at a local pond where I often walk. The geese were all busy herding their baby goslings here and there. This one little guy caught my attention as he seemingly had a mind of his own.

      I took this photo last spring at a local pond where I often walk. The geese were all busy herding their baby goslings here and there. This one little guy caught my attention as he seemingly had a mind of his own.
    Pam Novak of Lombard

  • Some of the 3,000 folding chairs set up at the Libertyville Sports Complex for the Mother's Day graduation of Mundelein High School.

      Some of the 3,000 folding chairs set up at the Libertyville Sports Complex for the Mother's Day graduation of Mundelein High School.
    Julie Bond of Libertyville

  • The Navy Pier Ferris wheel is an often photographed symbol of Chicago. I like this white-on-white close-up, taken on a foggy Saturday morning.

      The Navy Pier Ferris wheel is an often photographed symbol of Chicago. I like this white-on-white close-up, taken on a foggy Saturday morning.
    Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts

  • Yellow flowers are lit by the evening lights in the Chicago Botanic Garden.

      Yellow flowers are lit by the evening lights in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • Clip-on sunglasses rest on top of the menu at an outdoor restaurant in Fountain Hills, AZ.

      Clip-on sunglasses rest on top of the menu at an outdoor restaurant in Fountain Hills, AZ.
    Chuck Bennett of Mount Prospect

  • This photo is an underwater image, taken in Barbados in April of 2012. This is a shot of a hawksbill turtle swimming, with our dive master and his camera behind.

      This photo is an underwater image, taken in Barbados in April of 2012. This is a shot of a hawksbill turtle swimming, with our dive master and his camera behind.
    Janet Vrasic of Inverness

  • The Mooseheart eagle is in trouble again and he looks like he has done some thing wrong!

      The Mooseheart eagle is in trouble again and he looks like he has done some thing wrong!
    Ron Dickenson of Batavia

  • A close-up of a pink rose in a city garden in Auckland, New Zealand.

      A close-up of a pink rose in a city garden in Auckland, New Zealand.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

  • A Canadian Pacific freight train has blown a turbocharger and pours smoke out into the village of Elmwood Park as it crosses Grand Avenue. I was out taking photos with some friends of mine, and the last thing I thought I'd see come around the corner was a plume of smoke!

      A Canadian Pacific freight train has blown a turbocharger and pours smoke out into the village of Elmwood Park as it crosses Grand Avenue. I was out taking photos with some friends of mine, and the last thing I thought I'd see come around the corner was a plume of smoke!
    Stephen Schmidt of Wood Dale

  • A pelican preens on an old pier while a sail boat passes by on the beach in Riviera Maya last month.

      A pelican preens on an old pier while a sail boat passes by on the beach in Riviera Maya last month.
    Linda L. Sarmento of Wildwood

 

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