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Images: Photo Contest Finalists

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  • 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

  • This photo was taken at the Willis Tower sky deck in Chicago. Four of my graduating classmates are spelling out 2013 with their hands.

      This photo was taken at the Willis Tower sky deck in Chicago. Four of my graduating classmates are spelling out 2013 with their hands.
    Abigaile Bucinskas of Elgin

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

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

  • Carly Stinson shines as she waves to family among a sea of graduates at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University on May 10th.

      Carly Stinson shines as she waves to family among a sea of graduates at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University on May 10th.
    Deb Tischendorf of Gurnee

  • A little mouse hides in the grill in a Buffalo Grove backyard last week. The mouse had made a home in the corner of the grill using stuffing from the inside of a grille mitt.

      A little mouse hides in the grill in a Buffalo Grove backyard last week. The mouse had made a home in the corner of the grill using stuffing from the inside of a grille mitt.
    Bob Piorunski of Buffalo Grove

  • Winston, a Welsh terrier, and Jasper, a Labradoodle puppy, learn how to play soccer in Arlington Heights. The rule says no hands they didn't say anything about mouths.

      Winston, a Welsh terrier, and Jasper, a Labradoodle puppy, learn how to play soccer in Arlington Heights. The rule says no hands they didn't say anything about mouths.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • A male Oriole dines on oranges in an Ingleside backyard on April 30th.

      A male Oriole dines on oranges in an Ingleside backyard on April 30th.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • A mother screech owl looks for prey in an Antioch backyard last week.

      A mother screech owl looks for prey in an Antioch backyard last week.
    Rhonda Heller of Antioch

  • Every year we have a family of robins start their family in a wreath on our front door. I just happened to catch the first baby right after it hatched!

      Every year we have a family of robins start their family in a wreath on our front door. I just happened to catch the first baby right after it hatched!
    Mary Beth Bauer of Naperville

  • We took this picture at the Morton Arboretum early on Mother's Day morning. It was a beautiful morning to see the Red Bud trees in bloom. I love riding through the Arboretum. With each season there is always something to see and I always come away feeling peaceful.

      We took this picture at the Morton Arboretum early on Mother's Day morning. It was a beautiful morning to see the Red Bud trees in bloom. I love riding through the Arboretum. With each season there is always something to see and I always come away feeling peaceful.
    Virginia Engel of Glendale Heights

  • I was inspired to submit this photo after a family bike ride at Morton Arboretum where we spotted a 12-foot tall praying mantis and other giant insects. I took this photo at night in my garden when freeing hundreds of mantises hatched from two cocoons. I simply call it "Freeing the Mantises"

      I was inspired to submit this photo after a family bike ride at Morton Arboretum where we spotted a 12-foot tall praying mantis and other giant insects. I took this photo at night in my garden when freeing hundreds of mantises hatched from two cocoons. I simply call it "Freeing the Mantises"
    Ken Busse of Wheaton

  • Of all the birds that come around, the Baltimore oriole has to take the grand prize for color.

      Of all the birds that come around, the Baltimore oriole has to take the grand prize for color.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

 

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