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  • A reflection in a lake of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ last March.

      A reflection in a lake of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ last March.
    Kat Dickson of Grayslake

  • An Orchard Oriole swims the backstroke in an Ingleside backyard birdbath last week.

      An Orchard Oriole swims the backstroke in an Ingleside backyard birdbath last week.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • Two baby swans, less than a week old, swim in a Glenview pond in May. Baby swans are called cygnets.

      Two baby swans, less than a week old, swim in a Glenview pond in May. Baby swans are called cygnets.
    Sam Duray of Mount Prospect

  • Interesting perspectives can be found in unexpected places. This window on nature is through a culvert under Route 31 near South Elgin.

      Interesting perspectives can be found in unexpected places. This window on nature is through a culvert under Route 31 near South Elgin.
    Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts

  • Attached photo was taken just prior to sunset on June 9th. A warm pleasant evening filled with the sounds of birds and soft warm light of the setting sun.

      Attached photo was taken just prior to sunset on June 9th. A warm pleasant evening filled with the sounds of birds and soft warm light of the setting sun.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • I took a photo of this dragonfly, a Libellula Pulchella Twelve-Spotted Skimmer, at the Morton Arboretum recently. I was visiting the Arboretum with my son's Monroe Middle School's six grade class for a field trip to study streams and the organisms that inhabit them.

      I took a photo of this dragonfly, a Libellula Pulchella Twelve-Spotted Skimmer, at the Morton Arboretum recently. I was visiting the Arboretum with my son's Monroe Middle School's six grade class for a field trip to study streams and the organisms that inhabit them.
    Karin Netzer of Wheaton

  • I took this picture of my daughter this past Spring on a visit to Cantigny Park. It was not posed and she must have heard something loud. I thought it captured a lot.

      I took this picture of my daughter this past Spring on a visit to Cantigny Park. It was not posed and she must have heard something loud. I thought it captured a lot.
    Jen Fellowes of Wheaton

  • The Point Ballet during the MacDonald Dance Academy Weekend of Dance at Barrington High School last May.

      The Point Ballet during the MacDonald Dance Academy Weekend of Dance at Barrington High School last May.
    Christine M. Solum of Arlington Heights

  • A praying mantis on a rose petal in Wildwood garden. This praying mantis, along with about 100 others, hatchedfrom a single pod.

      A praying mantis on a rose petal in Wildwood garden. This praying mantis, along with about 100 others, hatchedfrom a single pod.
    Linda L. Sarmento of Wildwood

  • I captured this squirrel in Chicago while walking with my grandkids. They were intrigued by the large snack it was enjoying.

      I captured this squirrel in Chicago while walking with my grandkids. They were intrigued by the large snack it was enjoying.
    Kathleen MacLennan of Naperville

  • This windmill sits in a field off Route 47, a little north of Huntley. I photographed it one morning as the sun was just coming up and I was fortunate to get the shot before the sun came out from behind the clouds.

      This windmill sits in a field off Route 47, a little north of Huntley. I photographed it one morning as the sun was just coming up and I was fortunate to get the shot before the sun came out from behind the clouds.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock,

  • A Dusky blenny sticks it's head out of a hole in brain coral seen during a dive in Barbados last April. The typical size of this fish is 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches long.

      A Dusky blenny sticks it's head out of a hole in brain coral seen during a dive in Barbados last April. The typical size of this fish is 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches long.
    Janet Vrasic of Inverness

 

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