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  • A golden sunset over Denver, Colorado on July 3rd.

      A golden sunset over Denver, Colorado on July 3rd.
    Nicole Thomsen of Mount Prospect

  • A duck is interested in the camera in a backyard in Lake Zurich last spring. I noticed that two ducks would always return to the yard at a specific time every day, so I decided to try and get a photo of one of them.

      A duck is interested in the camera in a backyard in Lake Zurich last spring. I noticed that two ducks would always return to the yard at a specific time every day, so I decided to try and get a photo of one of them.
    Conor O'Kane of Lake Zurich

  • A female mallard prepares for a landing on Lake Zurich in May.

      A female mallard prepares for a landing on Lake Zurich in May.
    Esther Honegger of Lake Zurich

  • This picture was taken when I went jeeping in the morning with my wife when we were on vacation in Ouray, Colorado. Red Mountain is a set of three peaks in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado The picture was taken August 3rd, 2013 at 11 a.m. at an elevation of 12,890 feet.

      This picture was taken when I went jeeping in the morning with my wife when we were on vacation in Ouray, Colorado. Red Mountain is a set of three peaks in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado The picture was taken August 3rd, 2013 at 11 a.m. at an elevation of 12,890 feet.
    Eric Monte of Lisle

  • A double rainbow crosses the sky over the Mount Prospect Block Party on July 25th in downtown Mount Prospect.

      A double rainbow crosses the sky over the Mount Prospect Block Party on July 25th in downtown Mount Prospect.
    Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect

  • Here's a sunset in Maui taken with a canon rebel.

      Here's a sunset in Maui taken with a canon rebel.
    Charles Brown of Naperville

  • A view of the volcano Cotopaxi in Ecuador in July, seen from the top of nearby Illiniza Norte.

      A view of the volcano Cotopaxi in Ecuador in July, seen from the top of nearby Illiniza Norte.
    Jeff Webster of Grayslake

  • A humming bird poses like an eagle at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A humming bird poses like an eagle at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • This photo of a Great Egret was shot at the J.N. "DingÓ Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida this past spring.

      This photo of a Great Egret was shot at the J.N. "DingÓ Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida this past spring.
    Ron Szymczak of Wheaton

  • A Cold July 3rd. An eastern view from the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Near to 10,000 foot in elevation, this view was a stark contrast to our previous stop in Laramie, Wyoming. Overcast with howling winds that made standing up a chore. Combined with the cold chill and low cloud ceiling it was uncomfortable yet well worth the trip.

      A Cold July 3rd. An eastern view from the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Near to 10,000 foot in elevation, this view was a stark contrast to our previous stop in Laramie, Wyoming. Overcast with howling winds that made standing up a chore. Combined with the cold chill and low cloud ceiling it was uncomfortable yet well worth the trip.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • Tulips are abstracted into a vortex of color by zooming during the exposure. The photo was taken at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.

      Tulips are abstracted into a vortex of color by zooming during the exposure. The photo was taken at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • This photo was taken outside of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The clouds add to the spirit of these horses.

      This photo was taken outside of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The clouds add to the spirit of these horses.
    Cindy Smith of Cary

 

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