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  • A bright, orange poppy blooms into a beautiful flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A bright, orange poppy blooms into a beautiful flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • A green gecko rests on a blue painted rail in Kona, Hawaii last year.

      A green gecko rests on a blue painted rail in Kona, Hawaii last year.
    Linda Bond of Lake Zurich

  • A pelican on a pier post in Marathon, Florida on January 23. The pier faces the Gulf and is relatively shallow so it is good eating for the birds.

      A pelican on a pier post in Marathon, Florida on January 23. The pier faces the Gulf and is relatively shallow so it is good eating for the birds.
    Bob Miller of Inverness

  • A Red Bellied Woodpecker and a Starling play on a feeder in an Ingleside backyard last week.

      A Red Bellied Woodpecker and a Starling play on a feeder in an Ingleside backyard last week.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • I braved the cold and went on the conifer walk recently at Morton Arboretum. The sun was warm for about 20 minutes. I couldn't help myself but looked straight at the sun without my sunglasses on and photographed it a few times. I saw spots everywhere after that.

      I braved the cold and went on the conifer walk recently at Morton Arboretum. The sun was warm for about 20 minutes. I couldn't help myself but looked straight at the sun without my sunglasses on and photographed it a few times. I saw spots everywhere after that.
    Lena Conway of Naperville

  • This photo was taken last year in La Hoya, California where hundreds of brown pelicans fished along the shoreline. The constant comings and goings was just a wonderful sight.

      This photo was taken last year in La Hoya, California where hundreds of brown pelicans fished along the shoreline. The constant comings and goings was just a wonderful sight.
    Afton Dancey of Elgin

  • The sun sets over Butler Lake in Libertyville two weeks ago on a freezing afternoon.

      The sun sets over Butler Lake in Libertyville two weeks ago on a freezing afternoon.
    Colin Morabito of Libertyville

  • Here's a sunset captured near Kingsley Elementary School in Naperville. This photograph is comprised of twelve photographs taken at various exposures which were meshed together in Photoshop using the Photomatix HDR plug in.

      Here's a sunset captured near Kingsley Elementary School in Naperville. This photograph is comprised of twelve photographs taken at various exposures which were meshed together in Photoshop using the Photomatix HDR plug in.
    Vivek Jena of Naperville

  • This picture is from the Fox River down at the east side of Geneva. My son and I went there to take pictures for my brother's birthday present; a collage of the Fox River.

      This picture is from the Fox River down at the east side of Geneva. My son and I went there to take pictures for my brother's birthday present; a collage of the Fox River.
    Danni Short of Batavia

  • This is a photo of my granddaughter taken at Peck Farm in Batavia. I loved the way the wind took her hair and swished it around as I shot the photo.

      This is a photo of my granddaughter taken at Peck Farm in Batavia. I loved the way the wind took her hair and swished it around as I shot the photo.
    Renee Cybul of Elgin

  • A squirrel sits and eats some peanuts on a Mount Prospect front yard in June.

      A squirrel sits and eats some peanuts on a Mount Prospect front yard in June.
    Quincy Ramon of Mount Prospect

  • This is one of my Clematis in my own garden in South Naperville.

      This is one of my Clematis in my own garden in South Naperville.
    Lena Conway of Naperville

 

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