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  • On a recent trip to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, I spotted these two Cedar Waxwings sharing a perch along the shore of Meadow Lake on a hot June day.

      On a recent trip to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, I spotted these two Cedar Waxwings sharing a perch along the shore of Meadow Lake on a hot June day.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • Abstract effects taken during a lightning storm in Harvard on June 19, 2009.

      Abstract effects taken during a lightning storm in Harvard on June 19, 2009.
    Anne Van Der Bosch of Mundelein

  • A double cone flower grows in a Libertyville backyard last August.

      A double cone flower grows in a Libertyville backyard last August.
    Susan White of Libertyville

  • These water lilies, reflected in moving water at the Chicago Botanical Gardens, brought to mind the style of the impressionist painters.

      These water lilies, reflected in moving water at the Chicago Botanical Gardens, brought to mind the style of the impressionist painters.
    Susan Birr of Carpentersville

  • Blue skies ahead! This was taken at the Springbrook Prairie in Naperville.

      Blue skies ahead! This was taken at the Springbrook Prairie in Naperville.
    Fred Spitzzeri of Naperville

  • A frog peeks out from the vegetation on a pond at Crabtree Preserves in Barrington.

      A frog peeks out from the vegetation on a pond at Crabtree Preserves in Barrington.
    Tracy R Sefcik of Wheeling

  • This photo was taken while hiking Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Nation Park. It reminds me of the movie The Sound of Music with the range of mountains in the background.

      This photo was taken while hiking Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Nation Park. It reminds me of the movie The Sound of Music with the range of mountains in the background.
    Cindy Smith of Cary

  • Daisies bloom in a field on a bank near the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines recently.

      Daisies bloom in a field on a bank near the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines recently.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • This photo was taken at the Volo Auto Museum. This is the tire of a military vehicle shown in abstract form and converted to black and white with the photo app Snapseed on the iPad. The photo was taken with a Canon T3i and edited on an iPad for post processing.

      This photo was taken at the Volo Auto Museum. This is the tire of a military vehicle shown in abstract form and converted to black and white with the photo app Snapseed on the iPad. The photo was taken with a Canon T3i and edited on an iPad for post processing.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • A foal nuzzles its mother at a farm in Alden last April.

      A foal nuzzles its mother at a farm in Alden last April.
    Kevin Hert of Lake Zurich

  • A squirrel with a nut walks through the woods last fall in Western Illinois.

      A squirrel with a nut walks through the woods last fall in Western Illinois.
    Bob Esbensen of Palatine

  • This is a unique looking flower at the Morton Arboretum, but I don't know what it is!

      This is a unique looking flower at the Morton Arboretum, but I don't know what it is!
    Lena Conway of Naperville

 

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