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A Cedar Waxwing eats a berry in a Serviceberry tree in an Ingleside backyard on May 26.
A Cedar Waxwing eats a berry in a Serviceberry tree in an Ingleside backyard on May 26.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
The sunset at the Wood Dale reservoir.
The sunset at the Wood Dale reservoir.
Cynthia Huntowski of Bensenville
An underwater image of a Spotted Cleaner Shrimp in a Giant Anemone in Barbados in April. Off to the side is a Squat Anemone Shrimp.
An underwater image of a Spotted Cleaner Shrimp in a Giant Anemone in Barbados in April. Off to the side is a Squat Anemone Shrimp.
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 bluegill caught May 12th in Lake Charleston in downstate Illinois. The bluegill is the Illinois state fish.
A bluegill caught May 12th in Lake Charleston in downstate Illinois. The bluegill is the Illinois state fish.
Tim Van Driska of Des Plaines
This gate at the St. James Farm Family field Day on May 26th must be one way only. This is from the horse jumping exhibition.
This gate at the St. James Farm Family field Day on May 26th must be one way only. This is from the horse jumping exhibition.
Bob Haarmans of Wheaton
A fiery sunset over the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada in January.
A fiery sunset over the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada in January.
Kim Masura of Round Lake Beach
The wet sand after waves came crashing up during sunset in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
The wet sand after waves came crashing up during sunset in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Jessica Nelson of Lake Zurich
This little Garter snake was sunning on the path the other day at Exner Marsh. It was kind enough to wait while I took some pictures.
This little Garter snake was sunning on the path the other day at Exner Marsh. It was kind enough to wait while I took some pictures.
Bob Williams of Huntley
"Raindrops" was taken in my garden after an early morning rain. I really enjoy looking at gardens as a whole, but also close up from the inside, where it seems like a whole different world.
"Raindrops" was taken in my garden after an early morning rain. I really enjoy looking at gardens as a whole, but also close up from the inside, where it seems like a whole different world.
Marc Moxon of Woodstock
A different perspective of a morning cup of coffee on a kitchen table in Des Plaines last month.
A different perspective of a morning cup of coffee on a kitchen table in Des Plaines last month.
Butch Law of Des Plaines
On a recent visit to Kline Creek Farm, I photographed these bleeding hearts flowers growing outside the farmhouse.
On a recent visit to Kline Creek Farm, I photographed these bleeding hearts flowers growing outside the farmhouse.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
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