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  • The lighthouse at Point Loma in San Diego was very scenic, but looking down its spiral staircase from upstairs inside gave a more interesting and disorienting impression.

      The lighthouse at Point Loma in San Diego was very scenic, but looking down its spiral staircase from upstairs inside gave a more interesting and disorienting impression.
    Jean K. Brown of Elgin

  • A swan peacefully sits on her nest on Saturday, May 4th, at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.

      A swan peacefully sits on her nest on Saturday, May 4th, at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.
    Carole Walther of Elk Grove Village

  • A small rainbow is formed in the light shining on Ken Kitzing's hand on Tuesday, April 30.

      A small rainbow is formed in the light shining on Ken Kitzing's hand on Tuesday, April 30.
    Ken Kitzing of Mt. Prospect

  • Two prairie dogs interact with each other at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

      Two prairie dogs interact with each other at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

  • A tadpole swims in a pond on April 16th in the Grant Woods Forest Preserve.

      A tadpole swims in a pond on April 16th in the Grant Woods Forest Preserve.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • A loon swims on a channel just off Channel Lake in Antioch Township on April 29th. The loon is not a local to this area. They are mostly found in northern Wisconsin and Canada.

      A loon swims on a channel just off Channel Lake in Antioch Township on April 29th. The loon is not a local to this area. They are mostly found in northern Wisconsin and Canada.
    Pat Rymsha of Antioch

  • This photo was taken last week on a work trip of my husband's to San Juan, Puerto Rico. After having my toes covered for the last 6 months in Chicago, I was so happy to cover them in sand and water and sunshine!

      This photo was taken last week on a work trip of my husband's to San Juan, Puerto Rico. After having my toes covered for the last 6 months in Chicago, I was so happy to cover them in sand and water and sunshine!
    Wendy Gruber of St. Charles

  • I took this photo while kayaking of the Fox River. The herons and egrets were busy tending to their young and nests.

      I took this photo while kayaking of the Fox River. The herons and egrets were busy tending to their young and nests.
    Cindy Smith of Cary

  • A couple of herons walk around a pond in Wheeling.

      A couple of herons walk around a pond in Wheeling.
    Tracy R. Sefcik of Wheeling

  • While birding in Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville on May 1, my wife and I heard the "cak cak" call of a Cooper's Hawk. Looking around, we spotted the bird on a low branch of a nearby tree. I quickly shot some photos of the bird sitting in the sun. It wasn't until I reviewed the photo afterward that I noticed it was also enjoying its lunch.

      While birding in Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville on May 1, my wife and I heard the "cak cak" call of a Cooper's Hawk. Looking around, we spotted the bird on a low branch of a nearby tree. I quickly shot some photos of the bird sitting in the sun. It wasn't until I reviewed the photo afterward that I noticed it was also enjoying its lunch.
    Dale Kalina, from Naperville

  • Here's a recent photo I took of the daffodils at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      Here's a recent photo I took of the daffodils at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Allen Panek, from Naperville

  • I took this photo on May 5th at The Cantigny Park Greenhouse Open House.

      I took this photo on May 5th at The Cantigny Park Greenhouse Open House.
    Audrey Dobbs, from Carol Stream

 

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