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  • A scarlet leaf stands out on a moss and lichen covered stone on a bright fall day in Adirondack State Park, New York in October.

      A scarlet leaf stands out on a moss and lichen covered stone on a bright fall day in Adirondack State Park, New York in October.
    Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights

  • I planted a butterfly bush about 6 years ago to bring in the butterflies and 4 years ago the Hummingbird Moths started coming in as well. They are a little over an inch long and fly just like a hummingbird. This is a female as the males are black and yellow. I have hundreds of shots of them and this is one of my favorites. They are a challenge to shoot. That is what makes it so much fun.

      I planted a butterfly bush about 6 years ago to bring in the butterflies and 4 years ago the Hummingbird Moths started coming in as well. They are a little over an inch long and fly just like a hummingbird. This is a female as the males are black and yellow. I have hundreds of shots of them and this is one of my favorites. They are a challenge to shoot. That is what makes it so much fun.
    Bob Bates, from Warrenvile

  • One-year-old Austin Marshall is dressed as Mr. Fredrickson from the movie "UP!" as he goes out for his first Halloween in Round Lake.

      One-year-old Austin Marshall is dressed as Mr. Fredrickson from the movie "UP!" as he goes out for his first Halloween in Round Lake.
    Kaysi Marshall of Lake Zurich

  • These are probably the last photos of the beautiful prairie at the Arboretum for the season. Hope you enjoy these.

      These are probably the last photos of the beautiful prairie at the Arboretum for the season. Hope you enjoy these.
    Lena Conway, from Naperville

  • A red-bellied woodpecker in Grant Woods Forest Preserve listens for insects in a tree earlier this month.

      A red-bellied woodpecker in Grant Woods Forest Preserve listens for insects in a tree earlier this month.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • This is a photo of a gorgeous butterfly taken with a Canon 30D with Sigma f3.5 18-200 lens. Additional information: Kodak Tri-X film, f6.3, and 1/125 Thanks.

      This is a photo of a gorgeous butterfly taken with a Canon 30D with Sigma f3.5 18-200 lens. Additional information: Kodak Tri-X film, f6.3, and 1/125 Thanks.
    Jena Vivek, from Naperville

  • An up close look of a praying mantis in McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville on September of 2011.

      An up close look of a praying mantis in McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville on September of 2011.
    Chris Magee of Mount Prospect

  • This a photo of my grandson Micah's first visit to an apple orchard near St. Cloud, Minnesota.

      This a photo of my grandson Micah's first visit to an apple orchard near St. Cloud, Minnesota.
    Terri Naaf of Pingree Grove

  • This picture was taken in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin this fall. I love the colors of the sky and water and the colorful rocks. Some water smoothing had occurred due to a 5 second shutter speed.

      This picture was taken in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin this fall. I love the colors of the sky and water and the colorful rocks. Some water smoothing had occurred due to a 5 second shutter speed.
    Richard Baley of Elgin

  • A beautiful sunrise shines on the landscape of Door County last month.

      A beautiful sunrise shines on the landscape of Door County last month.
    Kasia Elser of Antioch

  • A man walks past the gardens at the palace of Versailles, France on October 12.

      A man walks past the gardens at the palace of Versailles, France on October 12.
    Dennis Kosko of Hoffman Estates

  • My mom came and picked me up from school for a weekend of hiking at Starved Rock State Park. I'm just starting with photography.

      My mom came and picked me up from school for a weekend of hiking at Starved Rock State Park. I'm just starting with photography.
    Ashley Smith of Cary

 

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