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  • A Husky kisses its trainer in Denali National Park in Alaska last July.

      A Husky kisses its trainer in Denali National Park in Alaska last July.
    Fred Gruber of Streamwood

  • The peaks of the Grand Tetons can be seen from a lake at Ox Bow, Wyoming in 2006.

      The peaks of the Grand Tetons can be seen from a lake at Ox Bow, Wyoming in 2006.
    Tom Longfellow of Mundelein

  • A chipmunk begs for a peanut in an Ingleside backyard earlier this month. When a coffee can filled with the peanuts is shaken, the chipmunk comes running and sits on the back stairs waiting for a handout.

      A chipmunk begs for a peanut in an Ingleside backyard earlier this month. When a coffee can filled with the peanuts is shaken, the chipmunk comes running and sits on the back stairs waiting for a handout.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • A drop of water hangs off a leaf in the Schaumburg forest preserve after a long rain.

      A drop of water hangs off a leaf in the Schaumburg forest preserve after a long rain.
    Hilary Ellis of Hoffman Estates

  • A huge bison had traffic backed up for a couple of miles in Yellowstone National Park in August.

      A huge bison had traffic backed up for a couple of miles in Yellowstone National Park in August.
    Kenzie Toland of Mundelein

  • The sun sets over Lake Michigan at Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana on Wednesday August 29th.

      The sun sets over Lake Michigan at Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana on Wednesday August 29th.
    James Connon of Mount Prospect

  • This photo was taken at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The bridge and fall colors came together to create a surreal scene.

      This photo was taken at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The bridge and fall colors came together to create a surreal scene.
    Mark Kuhlmann of Aurora

  • I took this photo with my iPhone camera early this Sunday morning while walking my dog, Molly. It was a quiet, warm, misty Autumn morning just after the evening rains that washed a new blanket of colorful leaves from the trees.

      I took this photo with my iPhone camera early this Sunday morning while walking my dog, Molly. It was a quiet, warm, misty Autumn morning just after the evening rains that washed a new blanket of colorful leaves from the trees.
    Mike Long of Oak Brook

  • This photo was taken as my Disney Cruise ship was returning to port of New York City in the early morning of 9/12/12 with the beams of light for the Sept. 11 memorial and the new memorial tower under construction lit up with red, white and blue lights.

      This photo was taken as my Disney Cruise ship was returning to port of New York City in the early morning of 9/12/12 with the beams of light for the Sept. 11 memorial and the new memorial tower under construction lit up with red, white and blue lights.
    Steve Jacobs of Winfield

  • Look forward to fall and this year has provided one of the better color displays. This photo was taken at the exit of French Canyon located at Starved Rock State Park.

      Look forward to fall and this year has provided one of the better color displays. This photo was taken at the exit of French Canyon located at Starved Rock State Park.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • While driving the roads in the Tuscan hillside we pulled over to admire the view of this vineyard.

      While driving the roads in the Tuscan hillside we pulled over to admire the view of this vineyard.
    Renee Cybul of Elgin

  • Fall's grand show was revealed in the brilliance of the maple trees at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle this past week.

      Fall's grand show was revealed in the brilliance of the maple trees at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle this past week.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

 

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