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  • A sandhill crane at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside on May 10th.

      A sandhill crane at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside on May 10th.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • Several turkeys cross the putting green on a golf course in Galena.

      Several turkeys cross the putting green on a golf course in Galena.
    Susie Lee of Wheeling

  • A curious insect investigates a lovely purple flower in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village

      A curious insect investigates a lovely purple flower in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village
    Riley Creasbaum of Des Plaines

  • The final resting place of an American soldier at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France in 2010.

      The final resting place of an American soldier at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France in 2010.
    Curt Sriver of Libertyville

  • Nine-year-old Trevor Share defies gravity deflecting a soccer ball during a game with the Kickers Soccer League in Elgin.

      Nine-year-old Trevor Share defies gravity deflecting a soccer ball during a game with the Kickers Soccer League in Elgin.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • The silhouette of a man and his telescope against the colorful sky as he searched the skies for the comet Pan-STARRS while in Tucson, AZ on March 12th.

      The silhouette of a man and his telescope against the colorful sky as he searched the skies for the comet Pan-STARRS while in Tucson, AZ on March 12th.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

  • Most people who have driven through the San Rafael reef on I-70 in central Utah have seen this view and probably taken this picture. I couldn't resist taking my own.

      Most people who have driven through the San Rafael reef on I-70 in central Utah have seen this view and probably taken this picture. I couldn't resist taking my own.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • This was taken north of Pincher Creek, Alberta where it gets extremely windy. The Albertan prairie is starting to come to life and the one windmill provides a stark contrast to the landscape and the Canadian Rockies.

      This was taken north of Pincher Creek, Alberta where it gets extremely windy. The Albertan prairie is starting to come to life and the one windmill provides a stark contrast to the landscape and the Canadian Rockies.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • The Redbuds and Crabapples were phenomenal this year. I enjoy my morning coffee in this spot, it gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and get in touch with my surroundings.

      The Redbuds and Crabapples were phenomenal this year. I enjoy my morning coffee in this spot, it gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and get in touch with my surroundings.
    Ray Vegter of Carol Stream

  • Last week, I had a field trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. I took this photo of the "Juliet of Verona" statue before the play started. The clouds provided a somewhat atmospheric effect.

      Last week, I had a field trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. I took this photo of the "Juliet of Verona" statue before the play started. The clouds provided a somewhat atmospheric effect.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • I took this photo on a foggy Sunday morning from the bridge in the Fabyan Forest preserve. I thought that it captured the serenity of the preserve.

      I took this photo on a foggy Sunday morning from the bridge in the Fabyan Forest preserve. I thought that it captured the serenity of the preserve.
    Paul Ingevaldson of St. Charles

  • This photo was taken last week at our Geneva home. This baby bird was scampering around our front yard but could not yet fly. It ended up in our ground cover which made a great backdrop and reminded me of the renewal that Spring brings.

      This photo was taken last week at our Geneva home. This baby bird was scampering around our front yard but could not yet fly. It ended up in our ground cover which made a great backdrop and reminded me of the renewal that Spring brings.
    Tom Castronovo of Geneva

 

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