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  • A water lily blossom sits on the rippling water at the Chicago Botanic Garden this fall.

      A water lily blossom sits on the rippling water at the Chicago Botanic Garden this fall.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

  • This photo was taken the first week of December at Epcot Center in Disney World, the last rays of sunlight capturing the shadow of an offstage violinist prior to an early evening performance of the Candlelight Processional.

      This photo was taken the first week of December at Epcot Center in Disney World, the last rays of sunlight capturing the shadow of an offstage violinist prior to an early evening performance of the Candlelight Processional.
    Ed Piotrowski of Hampshire

  • This photo was taken in May of last year while visiting Matthiessen State Park. Heavy rains had fallen the day previous to my visit. Mild temperature calm winds and the presence of ground fog combined with damp shady moss laden sandstone walls to produce a scene so tranquil that I didn't want to leave.

      This photo was taken in May of last year while visiting Matthiessen State Park. Heavy rains had fallen the day previous to my visit. Mild temperature calm winds and the presence of ground fog combined with damp shady moss laden sandstone walls to produce a scene so tranquil that I didn't want to leave.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • I took this picture on the last camping trip of the year, at Chain O' Lakes State Park.

      I took this picture on the last camping trip of the year, at Chain O' Lakes State Park.
    Bob Smith of Hampshire

  • Tori Murray, of Naperville, stares into the great water world at the Shedd Aquarium during her first visit in the summer of 2004.

      Tori Murray, of Naperville, stares into the great water world at the Shedd Aquarium during her first visit in the summer of 2004.
    Bill Murray of Palatine

  • A dragonfly rests on a wire during the summer of 2010 in a Hawthorn Woods backyard.

      A dragonfly rests on a wire during the summer of 2010 in a Hawthorn Woods backyard.
    John Baranowski of Hawthorn Woods

  • A boy celebrates on a Florida beach at sunset this past summer.

      A boy celebrates on a Florida beach at sunset this past summer.
    Trevor Morrison of Arlington Heights

  • A leopard waits in the bush for his mate in the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa in September of 2012.

      A leopard waits in the bush for his mate in the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa in September of 2012.
    Carol Arvo of Lake Zurich,

  • A coyote stalks a ground squirrel until it finally pounced and caught it on the road from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in September of 2011.

      A coyote stalks a ground squirrel until it finally pounced and caught it on the road from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in September of 2011.
    Natalie Etter of Palatine

  • Taken on a stroll at lunch on a brisk December day in Warrenville Grove.

      Taken on a stroll at lunch on a brisk December day in Warrenville Grove.
    Walter Lesus of Sandwich

  • A beautiful flower thought we all need to see something beautiful and bright with the gloomy weather.

      A beautiful flower thought we all need to see something beautiful and bright with the gloomy weather.
    Lena Conway of Naperville

  • This abstract photo features a large blown glass paperweight. I used a macro lens to take the photo.

      This abstract photo features a large blown glass paperweight. I used a macro lens to take the photo.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

 

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