posted: 9/7/2012 12:54 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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A polar bear plays with an empty bucket under the water on August 23rd at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Lauryn Kroger of Rolling Meadows
Haleakala National Park, near the Haleakala volcano on Maui, Hawaii, last October.
Bob Denaro of Long Grove
The Navy Blue Angels fly past the John Hancock building on August 18th at the 2012 Chicago Air & Water show.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
This was taken at the Chicago Water and Airshow 2012.
Kevin Carter, from Aurora
The sun sets over Sister Bay in Door County, Wisconsin on July 21st.
George Cisko of Spring Grove
Two people quietly paddle their rafts on tranquil Beir Lake, Alaska in July.
Fred Gruber of Streamwood
An Amtrak train departs Naperville at sunset. The train is heading for Galesburg and points west. I like the heat distortion from the locomotive and the colors on the signals. It elicits thoughts of being on a journey.
Laurence Pearlman, from Naperville
While hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer, my son and I came upon this bull moose eating in Sprague Lake with the Rocky Mountains as a beautiful background!
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
Here's a photo I took of a water lily.
Lena Conway, from Naperville
This was taken in July at Olympic National Park off of Hurricane Ridge at an elevation nearly 5000 feet. It was a cold, rainy day with an occasional snow shower. As you can see, we were often hiking above the clouds.
James F. Wadford of Gilberts
Angel Skuse, of Des Plaines, dances under an arch at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah on August 6th.
Larry Skuse of Des Plaines
I took this picture during the Chicago air and water show from Lincoln Park.
Ramesh Shah of Geneva