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Dolphins play in the wake of a boat off the coast of Sanibel Island, Florida on February 7th.
Dolphins play in the wake of a boat off the coast of Sanibel Island, Florida on February 7th.
Diane Sullivan of Mundelein
On a vacation to Door County, Wisconsin, we watched two boats cross paths as the sun dipped below a cloud bank over Lake Michigan.
On a vacation to Door County, Wisconsin, we watched two boats cross paths as the sun dipped below a cloud bank over Lake Michigan.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
Fancy, an English Setter, waits by a Libertyville front door to escape the freezing air after last weeks snowstorm.
Fancy, an English Setter, waits by a Libertyville front door to escape the freezing air after last weeks snowstorm.
Colin Morabito of Libertyville
A Purple Finch comes in for a landing on a feeder in an Ingleside backyard last month.
A Purple Finch comes in for a landing on a feeder in an Ingleside backyard last month.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
Heavy snow clings to every piece of a Juneberry bush and shrubbery and is captured in a winter scene at night in Bartlett.
Heavy snow clings to every piece of a Juneberry bush and shrubbery and is captured in a winter scene at night in Bartlett.
Luke Simmons of Bartlett
Brandon Saad scores the game winning goal on February 22nd during the Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks game at the United Center. The Hawks have set the record for most games to start a season without a loss in regulation time.
Brandon Saad scores the game winning goal on February 22nd during the Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks game at the United Center. The Hawks have set the record for most games to start a season without a loss in regulation time.
John Wysocki of Prospect
This was my daughter Megan "running into the sunset" on Sanibel Island in Florida this past December.
This was my daughter Megan "running into the sunset" on Sanibel Island in Florida this past December.
Sharon O'Leary of St. Charles
I've always liked the way the world looks through old wavy window glass. This was taken from inside the Westminster College chapel in Fulton, Missouri. The building next door takes on a sinister look.
I've always liked the way the world looks through old wavy window glass. This was taken from inside the Westminster College chapel in Fulton, Missouri. The building next door takes on a sinister look.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
A small baby statue lays uncovered in a blanket of snow last month in Arlington Heights.
A small baby statue lays uncovered in a blanket of snow last month in Arlington Heights.
Dan Hershberger of Arlington Heights
The sun was very warm on my back and my face as I walked down lanes and trails at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. I was amazed how beautiful the arboretum was despite the bare tree branches.
The sun was very warm on my back and my face as I walked down lanes and trails at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. I was amazed how beautiful the arboretum was despite the bare tree branches.
Lena Conway of Naperville
The snowfall on March 5th didn't keep the squirrels away!
The snowfall on March 5th didn't keep the squirrels away!
Walter Lesus of Sandwich
I took this picture from my kitchen window. At first glance I noticed some birds eating berries during the snowstorm, then I noticed the birds were robins!
I took this picture from my kitchen window. At first glance I noticed some birds eating berries during the snowstorm, then I noticed the birds were robins!
Ann Braatz of Naperville
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