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  • Zebras gather together at the Denver Zoo in mid September.

      Zebras gather together at the Denver Zoo in mid September.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • Bull elk bugling to protect his harem during the rut season in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid September.

      Bull elk bugling to protect his harem during the rut season in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid September.
    Bob Denaro of Long Grove

  • This photo was taken in my backyard. It shows one of the sky tweets from the Ryder Cup 2012. Basically, an airplane went several thousand feet into the air and wrote some of the tweets that fans sent out for the Ryder Cup.

      This photo was taken in my backyard. It shows one of the sky tweets from the Ryder Cup 2012. Basically, an airplane went several thousand feet into the air and wrote some of the tweets that fans sent out for the Ryder Cup.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • Lotus flower leaves lay on stagnate water in Squaw Creek during the drought this past July.

      Lotus flower leaves lay on stagnate water in Squaw Creek during the drought this past July.
    Candace Anderson of Fox Lake

  • Finally, after two years of trying, I was able to capture a hummingbird! This little ruby threated hummingbird was flying around the Zinnia Garden at the Chicago Botanical Garden on Sunday, the 30th.

      Finally, after two years of trying, I was able to capture a hummingbird! This little ruby threated hummingbird was flying around the Zinnia Garden at the Chicago Botanical Garden on Sunday, the 30th.
    Skylar Dolecki of Bensenville

  • Beautiful clouds cover North Bay and are reflected in the lake as the sun rises in Door County

      Beautiful clouds cover North Bay and are reflected in the lake as the sun rises in Door County
    Kasia Elser of Antioch

  • Two men at work building the new World Trade buildings in Manhattan, take a break near visitors of the September 11, 2001 memorials bearby. Eleven years after the fall of the twin towers, the real story is not necessarily the rebuilding of the physical towers, but the ability for Americans to continue their lives and appreciate New York City as the rich cultural center that it is.

      Two men at work building the new World Trade buildings in Manhattan, take a break near visitors of the September 11, 2001 memorials bearby. Eleven years after the fall of the twin towers, the real story is not necessarily the rebuilding of the physical towers, but the ability for Americans to continue their lives and appreciate New York City as the rich cultural center that it is.
    Sara Schroeder of Des Plaines

  • Photo of Nick Faldo, an announcer from the Golf Channel, with some Europeans taken during Thursday's practice round at the Ryder Cup.

      Photo of Nick Faldo, an announcer from the Golf Channel, with some Europeans taken during Thursday's practice round at the Ryder Cup.
    Van Dillenkoffer of Wheaton

  • This photo of a gecko was taken at the Lihue Airport in Kauai at the beginning of our family vacation. My son had just "capturedÓ him and then released him on the plant.

      This photo of a gecko was taken at the Lihue Airport in Kauai at the beginning of our family vacation. My son had just "capturedÓ him and then released him on the plant.
    Julie Ann Hulsey of St. Charles

  • Perfect timing between a snake, a fly and a photographer. All three lived to tell about it.

      Perfect timing between a snake, a fly and a photographer. All three lived to tell about it.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • I took this shoot of our humming bird last week. In years past they usually leave about the middle of October, for their long trip to Mexico.

      I took this shoot of our humming bird last week. In years past they usually leave about the middle of October, for their long trip to Mexico.
    Sharon Kurth of Elgin

  • A duck cleans herself in a pond, trying to get to hard to reach places.

      A duck cleans herself in a pond, trying to get to hard to reach places.
    Tracy R Sefcik of Wheeling

 

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