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Pods on a flower called protea look like numerous brushes in Hawaii.
Pods on a flower called protea look like numerous brushes in Hawaii.
Deb Marak of Arlington Heights
Several pelicans congregate on some rocks with gulls in Lake Puckaway in Princeton, Wisconsin.
Several pelicans congregate on some rocks with gulls in Lake Puckaway in Princeton, Wisconsin.
Christine M. Solum of Arlington Heights
On our recent trip to The Outer Banks, North Carolina, this photo brought together two common sailor beacons: a half-moon rising behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
On our recent trip to The Outer Banks, North Carolina, this photo brought together two common sailor beacons: a half-moon rising behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
This photo was taken at a Chicago Skyline Navy Pier boat tour.
This photo was taken at a Chicago Skyline Navy Pier boat tour.
Abigaile Bucinskas of Elgin
I was driving through Community Park in Lisle on a warm, peaceful Sunday morning and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this photo opp! It had Monet written all over it. Check out the couple sitting on the bench. Almost surreal when you take in all of the elements of this photo.
I was driving through Community Park in Lisle on a warm, peaceful Sunday morning and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this photo opp! It had Monet written all over it. Check out the couple sitting on the bench. Almost surreal when you take in all of the elements of this photo.
Rick Humbert of Naperville
I really love the spring time when the early spring plants are blooming in our yard! These are the blooms from a Bleeding Heart plant.
I really love the spring time when the early spring plants are blooming in our yard! These are the blooms from a Bleeding Heart plant.
Paulette Novalinski of Carpentersville
I love the Arizona Sunsets and how "dreamy" they feel. I used a technique called "Dreamscape" by layering a sharp and a blurred image over each other and then tone mapped it to enhance the effect of the sunset, cross, and Palm tree.
I love the Arizona Sunsets and how "dreamy" they feel. I used a technique called "Dreamscape" by layering a sharp and a blurred image over each other and then tone mapped it to enhance the effect of the sunset, cross, and Palm tree.
Randy Link of Winfield
This Crane was on my next door neighbor's roof top.
This Crane was on my next door neighbor's roof top.
Louise Biancalana of Winfield
A beautiful egret hunts for a meal at the Volo Bog State Natural Area in June 2012.
A beautiful egret hunts for a meal at the Volo Bog State Natural Area in June 2012.
Candace Anderson of Fox Lake
The colorful umbrellas of an outdoor cafe reflected in the water of the San Antonio River Walk in April 2013.
The colorful umbrellas of an outdoor cafe reflected in the water of the San Antonio River Walk in April 2013.
Ken Juranek of Des Plaines
Artificial flowers on the window sill in Wildwood on February 23rd.
Artificial flowers on the window sill in Wildwood on February 23rd.
Perry G. Downs of Wildwood
A pair of mute swans and their four chicks, called cygnets, at a pond along Nippersink Road in Round Lake on May 13th.
A pair of mute swans and their four chicks, called cygnets, at a pond along Nippersink Road in Round Lake on May 13th.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
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