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  • Aquarium scene from the Pangani Forest Trail at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.

      Aquarium scene from the Pangani Forest Trail at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
    Ed Piotrowski of Hampshire

  • Early Christmas morning, a bright red cardinal seemed to be looking into our family room.

      Early Christmas morning, a bright red cardinal seemed to be looking into our family room.
    Robert Wilson of Glen Ellyn

  • This is an unusual winter scene combining green grass and ice on a pond in Naperville.

      This is an unusual winter scene combining green grass and ice on a pond in Naperville.
    John Provenzano of Naperville

  • A Christmas tree sits on the edge of a dock on Virginia Lake in Palatine during a full moon.

      A Christmas tree sits on the edge of a dock on Virginia Lake in Palatine during a full moon.
    Joshua Herzog of Palatine

  • Taken on a slightly foggy morning in early summer in Silver Spring State Park just south of Plano. Came across this doe with child, and she didn't spook. I processed it in black and white, I thought it gave it a more "mystical" look about it.

      Taken on a slightly foggy morning in early summer in Silver Spring State Park just south of Plano. Came across this doe with child, and she didn't spook. I processed it in black and white, I thought it gave it a more "mystical" look about it.
    Walter Lesus of Sandwich

  • A pelican swoops down to feed on the fish off the beach in the country of Antigua last summer.

      A pelican swoops down to feed on the fish off the beach in the country of Antigua last summer.
    Jamie McCormick of Mundelein

  • This picture was taken in Badlands National Park, South Dakota while walking a trail one early evening this past September. The stratified colors are beautiful in the evening especially if the ground is damp from a recent rain.

      This picture was taken in Badlands National Park, South Dakota while walking a trail one early evening this past September. The stratified colors are beautiful in the evening especially if the ground is damp from a recent rain.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • Eddie, right, and Chula run together at Fox River Bluff Dog Park in St. Charles after a light snow shower in December.

      Eddie, right, and Chula run together at Fox River Bluff Dog Park in St. Charles after a light snow shower in December.
    Albert Diaz of Bartlett

  • In Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Falls plunges 620 feet over a glacier-carved "hanging valley." The whispy falls flow into the park's Merced River and eventually help irrigate farms in California's central valley.

      In Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Falls plunges 620 feet over a glacier-carved "hanging valley." The whispy falls flow into the park's Merced River and eventually help irrigate farms in California's central valley.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • An icicle forms a striking curved pattern as the wind blew on the canvas covering patio furniture creating the unique "S" shape.

      An icicle forms a striking curved pattern as the wind blew on the canvas covering patio furniture creating the unique "S" shape.
    Susie Lee of Wheeling

  • A child holds a sparkler on the Fourth of July as the sun sets over Buckatabon Lake in Conover, Wisconsin.

      A child holds a sparkler on the Fourth of July as the sun sets over Buckatabon Lake in Conover, Wisconsin.
    Colin Morabito of Libertyville

  • Th shadows from the chairs contrasts with the pattern of the bricks on a mild December day at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

      Th shadows from the chairs contrasts with the pattern of the bricks on a mild December day at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

 

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