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  • 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, from Aurora

  • Autumn on a horse farm in Wadsworth shows brilliant reds along the fence line in mid October.

      Autumn on a horse farm in Wadsworth shows brilliant reds along the fence line in mid October.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • A water spout forms on Palm Beach in Aruba on October 18th

      A water spout forms on Palm Beach in Aruba on October 18th
    Rachel Haas of Prospect Heights

  • Danielle and Desi La Penta are channel surfing at her home in Lake Zurich in January, 2011.

      Danielle and Desi La Penta are channel surfing at her home in Lake Zurich in January, 2011.
    Danielle La Penta of Lake Zurich

  • A fast moving thunderstorm was passing through Bryce National Park just as we arrived at Inspiration Point Overlook a few weeks ago. It was tempting to hike down to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

      A fast moving thunderstorm was passing through Bryce National Park just as we arrived at Inspiration Point Overlook a few weeks ago. It was tempting to hike down to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
    Afton Dancey of Elgin

  • Forward Alex Morgan, of the US women´s national soccer team, fends off heavy defense by the German national team in a recent international match on Saturday, October 20th, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

      Forward Alex Morgan, of the US women´s national soccer team, fends off heavy defense by the German national team in a recent international match on Saturday, October 20th, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.
    James Fidler of Elk Grove Village

  • A fisherman heads to his favorite fishing spot on a cold morning in Presque Isle, Wisconsin in September.

      A fisherman heads to his favorite fishing spot on a cold morning in Presque Isle, Wisconsin in September.
    Glen McGowean of Vernon Hills

  • The richness of these Sugar Maple leaves against the dark forest really say "Autumn Beauty" to me. These trees are in a park near Dubuque, Iowa.

      The richness of these Sugar Maple leaves against the dark forest really say "Autumn Beauty" to me. These trees are in a park near Dubuque, Iowa.
    Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts

  • Swans swim in a pond at Windsor Castle in London last May.

      Swans swim in a pond at Windsor Castle in London last May.
    Dale Amborski of Libertyville

  • This is a picture of the morning sunrise over Mt. Vesuvius in Naples, Italy taken on 9/18/12. The light scatters through the clouds and reflects the most beautiful colors over the Bay of Naples! I used a 28 mm lens on my Canon 7D.

      This is a picture of the morning sunrise over Mt. Vesuvius in Naples, Italy taken on 9/18/12. The light scatters through the clouds and reflects the most beautiful colors over the Bay of Naples! I used a 28 mm lens on my Canon 7D.
    Maulik R. Patel of Carol Stream

  • While visiting our daughter in Chicago last month, we all took advantage of the sunny fall weather with a walk to the Caldwell Lily Pond where this handsome male wood duck was navigating through the ripples in the water.

      While visiting our daughter in Chicago last month, we all took advantage of the sunny fall weather with a walk to the Caldwell Lily Pond where this handsome male wood duck was navigating through the ripples in the water.
    Susan Schmitz of Downers Grove

  • My husband and I had a wonderful vacation along the west coast last September. We began our trip in Astoria, Oregon, and while on an early morning walk along the harbor the fog was very dense. As the fog began to dissipate images of ships began to appear while I was admiring colorful wildflowers.

      My husband and I had a wonderful vacation along the west coast last September. We began our trip in Astoria, Oregon, and while on an early morning walk along the harbor the fog was very dense. As the fog began to dissipate images of ships began to appear while I was admiring colorful wildflowers.
    Catherine Konrardy of Lombard

  • This photo of a bald eagle with rainbow in the background was taken in Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. I took it while fishing on Lake of the Woods Lake. This area is near Nester Falls Ontario, Canada.

      This photo of a bald eagle with rainbow in the background was taken in Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. I took it while fishing on Lake of the Woods Lake. This area is near Nester Falls Ontario, Canada.
    Jim Danielek of Elgin

 

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