posted: 7/26/2013 12:07 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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This picture was taken during sunset while my family was camping at Paul Wolffe Forest Campground in the Burnidge Forest Preserve in Kane County.
Blaine Weddle of Elgin
While enjoying a summer walk along Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, WI, we noticed this girl momentarily silhouetted by light from the setting sun as clouds rolled in for the evening
Michael Weimer of St. Charles
A violinist plays for donations on the cobblestone streets of Rothenburg, Germany early in the morning in September 2009. Rothenburg is a walled medieval city that survived World War II and is a must see destination in Germany.
Jeff Bonta of Arlington Heights
Andrew Mack of Libertyville takes a break from a baseball tournament to visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Angela Mack of Libertyville
Cherries abound on a tree in a Palatine backyard earlier this year.
Wes Dorszewski of Palatine
This picture was taken on the top of Mount Quandary near Breckenridge, CO. During a hiking trip, we decided to climb to the top of the mountain, which is the 13th highest mountain in Colorado at 14,265 feet. We saw mountain goats at the top and pictured is a baby goat.
Seth Gasick of Wheaton
Wax cap mushrooms appear in a backyard in Grayslake after the extensive rain experienced in June.
Jim Jobes of Grayslake
A moth sits on top of a purple coneflower last month in the Volo Bog State Natural Area.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
This photo was taken on vacation in Italy this June. I love Venice and this picture shares the serenity of the city. Venice is a city unlike others because of its position on the water. It is a busy city but has a peaceful atmosphere in its canals. This shot was taken sitting in a gondola and the water was perfectly calm to show the reflection of the buildings.
Carol Cisko of Wood Dale
This was taken in LaSalle Canyon of Starved Rock State Park in the early morning of July 12th. I Took the photo to capture the waterfall to the left along with the smaller fall entering the pool. It wasn't until I brought it up on the computer that I noticed the golden reflection of the wall in the pool.
Tony Pocewiczo of Carpentersville
A couple walks on the beach collecting shells in Indian Rocks Beach, FL following a storm the evening of July 11.
Linda Cullotta Felde of Schaumburg
Here is a Praying Mantis perched on a lily in my backyard in Villa Park. This mantis, its siblings, were hatched in a jar in our home from a mantis egg case purchased at Pioneer Feed Store in Villa Park.
Debbie Dolecki of Villa Park
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