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  • An indoor flower awakens as spring begins, even as winter snows fall outside.

      An indoor flower awakens as spring begins, even as winter snows fall outside.
    Iris Cooley of Hawthorn Woods

  • This Woodpecker spent at least an hour house hunting in Freeman Kame Forest Preserve. It went to a number of trees looking into per-drilled holes, I assume searching for a place to set up a home for the summer.

      This Woodpecker spent at least an hour house hunting in Freeman Kame Forest Preserve. It went to a number of trees looking into per-drilled holes, I assume searching for a place to set up a home for the summer.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • Two funny cars race reaching speeds over 300 mph during the quarter mile drag race at the US-66 NHRA race in June 2011.

      Two funny cars race reaching speeds over 300 mph during the quarter mile drag race at the US-66 NHRA race in June 2011.
    David W. Gaitsch of Island Lake

  • The swing set at Butterfield School in Libertyville last week as the sun was just about to set.

      The swing set at Butterfield School in Libertyville last week as the sun was just about to set.
    Colin Morabito of Libertyville

  • One of the things I love about living in the Midwest is all of the farmland. I couldn't help but stop to take this picture with the lines of crops fading into the fog.

      One of the things I love about living in the Midwest is all of the farmland. I couldn't help but stop to take this picture with the lines of crops fading into the fog.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

  • We were taking a walk in the woods with our dogs. We came across this partial fence and saw the way the evening sun was hitting it. Our dog "Banzai" stayed still long enough to take the picture.

      We were taking a walk in the woods with our dogs. We came across this partial fence and saw the way the evening sun was hitting it. Our dog "Banzai" stayed still long enough to take the picture.
    Charles Mark of Elgin

  • A lion rests as the sun sets at Valley of the Kings Sanctuary in Sharon, Wisconsin in November.

      A lion rests as the sun sets at Valley of the Kings Sanctuary in Sharon, Wisconsin in November.
    Daryl-Lynn O'Donnell of Wheeling

  • Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah slam dunks the ball during the playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 27 at the United Center in Chicago.

      Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah slam dunks the ball during the playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 27 at the United Center in Chicago.
    John Wysocki of Mt. Prospect

  • An old phone booth is overrun by moss in the Hoh Rain Forest, Washington in August, 2012.

      An old phone booth is overrun by moss in the Hoh Rain Forest, Washington in August, 2012.
    Matt Dempsey of Mount Prospect

  • 'Yellow' was taken in a restaurant at Southport Harbor in NYC. This was the awning covering a window and I loved the color against the sky and the blue window frame.

      'Yellow' was taken in a restaurant at Southport Harbor in NYC. This was the awning covering a window and I loved the color against the sky and the blue window frame.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • This is a hummingbird at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens taken on January 23rd this year. The hardest part of taking the picture was getting it to sit long enough. I used a Canon Power Shot SX20 set on the action setting

      This is a hummingbird at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens taken on January 23rd this year. The hardest part of taking the picture was getting it to sit long enough. I used a Canon Power Shot SX20 set on the action setting
    Charles Brown of Naperville

  • Here is a picture of an owl that crows chase into pine tree in the back yard.

      Here is a picture of an owl that crows chase into pine tree in the back yard.
    Charles Fisher of Naperville

 

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