updated: 8/24/2012 11:13 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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An Air Force jet creates an interesting effect during the Air & Water Show on Friday, August 17, 2012.
Michael W. Noonan of Arlington Heights
Pam Perrine of East DundeeThis meadow of pink tulips were taken at the corner park on the river in Algonquin.
A donkey peers out from its stall at a family reunion in Gurnee.
Deb Tischendorf of Gurnee
A bald eagle soars over the Mississippi River near Red Wing, MN.
Viveca Joy Skyles of Lakemoor
The sudden cool weather has this ambitious squirrel stashing walnuts around our backyard.
Mike Gross of Lombard
A Flamingo Tongue on a purple Gorgonian fan in Barbados. They belong to the Mollusk phylum/Gastropod class and are usually 3/4" to 1" long.
Janet Vrasic of Inverness
I took this photo at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I edited it into black & white and then added the single color back in, hoping to make the flower stand out more.
Marc Moxon of Woodstock
I visited the Morton Arboretum's prairie for the first time and the variety of plants and trees, the insects and the butterflies plus the wildness of the prairie gave me so much peace and joy to stroll its paths.
Lena Conway of Naperville
One of my favorite past times is to enjoy the outdoors, and to watch my son fish. This photo was taken at my Grandmother's farm in Petosky, Michigan.
Amy Rabil of Hampshire
A view of Niagara Falls at night becomes magical as it is seen from the Observation Tower in New York last month.
Stephanie Hoppel of Rolling Meadows
A B-25 "Devil Dog" flies with Japanese Zeros in hot pursuit at the Oshkosh, WI Experimental Aircraft Association air show this summer.
Bob Denaro of Long Grove
This photo was taken at the Chicago Air Show on Friday from the John Hancock Observatory.
Bob Pudell of Medinah
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