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  • I took this picture at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. three weeks ago. I have to wonder which animal in the photo has the most interest in the other.

      I took this picture at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. three weeks ago. I have to wonder which animal in the photo has the most interest in the other.
    Nancy Hoskins of Hampshire

  • A sunflower is offset against the brilliant blue sky with white clouds at Sterling Lake at Van Patten Forest Preserve in Wadsworth on June 17.

      A sunflower is offset against the brilliant blue sky with white clouds at Sterling Lake at Van Patten Forest Preserve in Wadsworth on June 17.
    Kim Vander Yacht of Gurnee

  • A young deer walked through the forest in a forest preserve in Hoffman Estates.

      A young deer walked through the forest in a forest preserve in Hoffman Estates.
    Bob Esbensen of Palatine

  • Pelicans overlook the Gulf of Mexico in Fort Myers Beach, Florida last April.

      Pelicans overlook the Gulf of Mexico in Fort Myers Beach, Florida last April.
    Ken Lechman of Gurnee

  • Dancers with the advanced lyrical class of Dance Motions, Inc. practice during a dress rehearsal at the Hemmens Theater in Elgin on June 7. It was the dance studio's annual recital.

      Dancers with the advanced lyrical class of Dance Motions, Inc. practice during a dress rehearsal at the Hemmens Theater in Elgin on June 7. It was the dance studio's annual recital.
    Ellie Ryczewicz of Bartlett

  • A tiger lily glistens in the sunlight in a Wheeling back yard after a midday rain.

      A tiger lily glistens in the sunlight in a Wheeling back yard after a midday rain.
    Susan Lee of Wheeling

  • Gateway to a park overlooking the Danube River in Bratislava, Slovakia in June.

      Gateway to a park overlooking the Danube River in Bratislava, Slovakia in June.
    Jim Jobes of Grayslake

  • 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

  • close up detail of Union Pacific's steam locomotive 844, the Challenger. The railroad is celebrating 150 years this year and showing off this working engine. The locomotive was in Omaha, NE. I like the details of a working, and very well cared for and cleaned, steam locomotive.

      close up detail of Union Pacific's steam locomotive 844, the Challenger. The railroad is celebrating 150 years this year and showing off this working engine. The locomotive was in Omaha, NE. I like the details of a working, and very well cared for and cleaned, steam locomotive.
    Laurence Pearlman of Naperville

  • I took this photo in the White Otter wilderness area in Ontario Canada while on a camping trip with the Tri-City Family Services counseling agency. The trip is for "at risk" teens who need a boost to their self confidence.

      I took this photo in the White Otter wilderness area in Ontario Canada while on a camping trip with the Tri-City Family Services counseling agency. The trip is for "at risk" teens who need a boost to their self confidence.
    Dudley Burgess of St. Charles

  • This photo is called "Life is good when the gods are smiling at you".

      This photo is called "Life is good when the gods are smiling at you".
    Lena Conway of Naperville

  • A Dahlia flower.

      A Dahlia flower.
    Lena Conway of Naperville

 

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