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  • Taken this week in the 100 degree heat, our Great Dane, Contessa, suns herself on the hot, black trampoline in the backyard. However, her underbelly and lips enjoy the draft from below! This is how she spends her mornings when we let her out.

      Taken this week in the 100 degree heat, our Great Dane, Contessa, suns herself on the hot, black trampoline in the backyard. However, her underbelly and lips enjoy the draft from below! This is how she spends her mornings when we let her out.
    Debbie Dolecki of Villa Park

  • A lightning storm on June 8th spreads across the sky in Wauconda.

      A lightning storm on June 8th spreads across the sky in Wauconda.
    Sean Balke of Wauconda

  • The rays from a sunset flow across a field and onto a Queen Anne's Lace.

      The rays from a sunset flow across a field and onto a Queen Anne's Lace.
    Iris Cooley of Hawthorn Woods

  • A beautiful yellow bird stands among some bright, red flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Sunday, July 22.

      A beautiful yellow bird stands among some bright, red flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Sunday, July 22.
    Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect

  • Alex Tinaglia gives her cousin, Connor Solum, a wild ride on a jet ski during a July Fourth holiday in Princeton, WI.

      Alex Tinaglia gives her cousin, Connor Solum, a wild ride on a jet ski during a July Fourth holiday in Princeton, WI.
    Christine M. Solum of Arlington Heights

  • Seagull in flight at Morro Bay, CA on July 4th. Morro Bay, marked with its prominent volcanic rock, is home to more than 250 species of birds.

      Seagull in flight at Morro Bay, CA on July 4th. Morro Bay, marked with its prominent volcanic rock, is home to more than 250 species of birds.
    Sue Masaracchia-Roberts of Vernon Hills

  • I took this picture while at the Skytop Lodge in eastern Pennsylvania this past June. The scene makes me relax knowing how nice it would be to stop and sit for awhile.

      I took this picture while at the Skytop Lodge in eastern Pennsylvania this past June. The scene makes me relax knowing how nice it would be to stop and sit for awhile.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • A squirrel picked a pear from a nearby tree and brought it to a Bartlett deck to eat.

      A squirrel picked a pear from a nearby tree and brought it to a Bartlett deck to eat.
    L. Simmons of Bartlett

  • On the morning of July 9, 2012 I caught the sun braking up the fog over Lake McDonald in West Glacier, MT.

      On the morning of July 9, 2012 I caught the sun braking up the fog over Lake McDonald in West Glacier, MT.
    James F. Wadford of Gilberts

  • This was taken at the Osh Kosh, WI Experimental Aircraft Association Fly In for 2012. With the moon out in the late afternoon, I was able to juxtapose the plane and the moon together.

      This was taken at the Osh Kosh, WI Experimental Aircraft Association Fly In for 2012. With the moon out in the late afternoon, I was able to juxtapose the plane and the moon together.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • I was visiting my aunt in May, in Petersburg, AK, and took this shot of the sea lions while in my uncle's boat.

      I was visiting my aunt in May, in Petersburg, AK, and took this shot of the sea lions while in my uncle's boat.
    Alicia Feuling of Lombard

 

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