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  • A rose garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in May when the roses were blooming unusually early.

      A rose garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in May when the roses were blooming unusually early.
    Bob Denaro of Long Grove

  • This photo was taken in my friend's garden in Wisconsin. I love the row of cone flowers making their way up to the birch tree.

      This photo was taken in my friend's garden in Wisconsin. I love the row of cone flowers making their way up to the birch tree.
    Cindy Smith of Cary

  • Two children walk the beach after sunset looking for sand crabs this past June at Indian Shores, Florida.

      Two children walk the beach after sunset looking for sand crabs this past June at Indian Shores, Florida.
    Kathy Goffee of Ivanhoe

  • Flyby of T-6 World War II airplanes during the AirVenture 2012 Oshkosh air show on July 27.

      Flyby of T-6 World War II airplanes during the AirVenture 2012 Oshkosh air show on July 27.
    Ted Kowalik of Hanover Park

  • A deer relaxes amid the summer wildflowers on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington on July 31.

      A deer relaxes amid the summer wildflowers on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington on July 31.
    Matt Dempsey of Mount Prospect

  • A dragonfly lands on a twig in Ingleside on July 31.

      A dragonfly lands on a twig in Ingleside on July 31.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • I photographed this lotus flower and itīs reflection at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

      I photographed this lotus flower and itīs reflection at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
    Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts

  • A single flower is beautifully illuminated by the sun against a bronze foliage background at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

      A single flower is beautifully illuminated by the sun against a bronze foliage background at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • This photo was taken in Glacier National Park a few weeks ago. As I was enjoying a hike I noticed that the moon was showing clearly above this snowy peak even though it was mid afternoon. What a treasure our national parks are!

      This photo was taken in Glacier National Park a few weeks ago. As I was enjoying a hike I noticed that the moon was showing clearly above this snowy peak even though it was mid afternoon. What a treasure our national parks are!
    Afton Dancey of Elgin

  • I captured this little guy in flight outside my house one morning. From my research it appears to be a juvenile ruby throated Humming Bird. I shot this with a Nikon d300 with a Nikor 70-200 f:2.8. This is a RAW file so after the fact I was able adjust color balance, gamma and other post editing controls to tweak the photo.

      I captured this little guy in flight outside my house one morning. From my research it appears to be a juvenile ruby throated Humming Bird. I shot this with a Nikon d300 with a Nikor 70-200 f:2.8. This is a RAW file so after the fact I was able adjust color balance, gamma and other post editing controls to tweak the photo.
    David Neesley of Naperville

  • I'm experimenting with HDR at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Bartlett IL. Focus, interest and wonder in this masterpiece of ancient design and workmanship.

      I'm experimenting with HDR at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Bartlett IL. Focus, interest and wonder in this masterpiece of ancient design and workmanship.
    Greg Maksymiw of Addison

  • I took this photo on the Four Pass Loop in Snowmass, CO. It was during the second day of the 30 mile hike, about 6 or 7 miles from the beginning and it portrays West Maroon Creek. This picture was taken about an hour after sunrise with a Canon T3, and was not edited because the lighting was perfect at the time.

      I took this photo on the Four Pass Loop in Snowmass, CO. It was during the second day of the 30 mile hike, about 6 or 7 miles from the beginning and it portrays West Maroon Creek. This picture was taken about an hour after sunrise with a Canon T3, and was not edited because the lighting was perfect at the time.
    Seth Gasick of Wheaton

 

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