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  • A butterfly rests on a flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A butterfly rests on a flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Kate Scott of Lake Zurich

  • The last light of the setting sun places a serene calm over Lake Crescent in Washington State.

      The last light of the setting sun places a serene calm over Lake Crescent in Washington State.
    Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts

  • An autumn harvest at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on October 5th.

      An autumn harvest at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on October 5th.
    Jerrol Leitner of Lake Zurich

  • A milkweed plant glistens last week in Grant Woods Forest Preserve as the sun behind the plant highlights the silky white hairs.

      A milkweed plant glistens last week in Grant Woods Forest Preserve as the sun behind the plant highlights the silky white hairs.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • This fall picture of beech, maple, & birch trees in colors of orange, yellow, & gold was taken on Birch Lane in Egg Harbor, WI.

      This fall picture of beech, maple, & birch trees in colors of orange, yellow, & gold was taken on Birch Lane in Egg Harbor, WI.
    Christine Donovan of Geneva

  • Water droplets sit on a fall leaves last month.

      Water droplets sit on a fall leaves last month.
    Chuck Bennett of Mount Prospect

  • A squirrel tries to steal bird food from a feeder in a Buffalo Grove backyard.

      A squirrel tries to steal bird food from a feeder in a Buffalo Grove backyard.
    Joshua Cheng of Buffalo Grove

  • This picture was taken during our 2012 summer vacation to Breckenridge, Colorado while hiking one of their beautiful trails. My sons Scott and Keith Hedges are in the picture.

      This picture was taken during our 2012 summer vacation to Breckenridge, Colorado while hiking one of their beautiful trails. My sons Scott and Keith Hedges are in the picture.
    Tori Hedges of St. Charles

  • A pod of cottonseed is highlighted at Hawk's View Golf Course in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on a sunny afternoon last week.

      A pod of cottonseed is highlighted at Hawk's View Golf Course in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on a sunny afternoon last week.
    Renee Anderson of Mount Prospect

  • Ironically enough, these rippled cloud pictures (taken in the Carol Stream Town Center vicinity last week) reminded me of the sand on a beach early in the morning or after a particularly hard rainstorm.

      Ironically enough, these rippled cloud pictures (taken in the Carol Stream Town Center vicinity last week) reminded me of the sand on a beach early in the morning or after a particularly hard rainstorm.
    Barb Ogorek of Carol Stream

  • My daughter, Jessica, focused on her boys Colin & Owen as they waited for Trick or Treaters at their front door. It really is better to give than receive.

      My daughter, Jessica, focused on her boys Colin & Owen as they waited for Trick or Treaters at their front door. It really is better to give than receive.
    Jessica Golden of West Chicago

  • In late September on the plane home from Disney World in Orlando, my son Mike was able to capture this image out the window. The location is the final approach to O'Hare Airport from the east, over the Kennedy Expressway. Not only was the fall foliage glowing, but he was lucky enough to have the sun at just the proper afternoon angle to capture the shadow of the plane over the woods.

      In late September on the plane home from Disney World in Orlando, my son Mike was able to capture this image out the window. The location is the final approach to O'Hare Airport from the east, over the Kennedy Expressway. Not only was the fall foliage glowing, but he was lucky enough to have the sun at just the proper afternoon angle to capture the shadow of the plane over the woods.
    Mike Maystadt of Roselle

 

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