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  • A bird takes a morning dip in the surf at sunrise in Port Aransas, Texas on August 8th.

      A bird takes a morning dip in the surf at sunrise in Port Aransas, Texas on August 8th.
    Julie Filippo of Green Oaks

  • A cruise ship heads toward Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm of Alaska on August 13th.

      A cruise ship heads toward Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm of Alaska on August 13th.
    John Wysocki of Mount Prospect

  • Team Geico flies over the downtown Chicago skyline during the Chicago Air and Water Show on August 17th.

      Team Geico flies over the downtown Chicago skyline during the Chicago Air and Water Show on August 17th.
    Scott Jamieson of Arlington Heights

  • I took some photos in our backyard of a locust that just came out of its shell with my Canon 60D with a macro lens.

      I took some photos in our backyard of a locust that just came out of its shell with my Canon 60D with a macro lens.
    Nicholas Grevan of Naperville

  • A bumble bee feeds on a coneflower at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.

      A bumble bee feeds on a coneflower at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • This photo of a water lily was shot at Naples Gardens in Florida this past spring.

      This photo of a water lily was shot at Naples Gardens in Florida this past spring.
    Ron Szymczak of Wheaton

  • A flock of birds swarm over a beach in February of 2005 at Beverly Beach in Florida.

      A flock of birds swarm over a beach in February of 2005 at Beverly Beach in Florida.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • This photo was taken while vacationing in St. Petersburg, Florida. A severe thunderstorm came through during dinner time and headed out into the Gulf. It made the sunset on St. Pete Beach even more spectacular.

      This photo was taken while vacationing in St. Petersburg, Florida. A severe thunderstorm came through during dinner time and headed out into the Gulf. It made the sunset on St. Pete Beach even more spectacular.
    David Richter of St. Charles

  • A golden retriever named Summer takes a break from the heat in Buffalo Grove earlier this summer finding a comfortable spot in a small pool.

      A golden retriever named Summer takes a break from the heat in Buffalo Grove earlier this summer finding a comfortable spot in a small pool.
    Jim Stolzenbach of Buffalo Grove

  • This is a picture of my daughter climbing on one of the many tree top obstacles at Go Ape! in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Go Ape! is a zip line obstacle course. We had a family outing there to celebrate my sister's birthday! It was a challenge taking pictures while being up so high, connected by cables, but we all had a blast!

      This is a picture of my daughter climbing on one of the many tree top obstacles at Go Ape! in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Go Ape! is a zip line obstacle course. We had a family outing there to celebrate my sister's birthday! It was a challenge taking pictures while being up so high, connected by cables, but we all had a blast!
    Kathy Jordan of Campton Hills

  • I thought that it was interesting to see an Egret sitting on top of my neighbor's chimney last week. It was pretty far from its usual haunts.

      I thought that it was interesting to see an Egret sitting on top of my neighbor's chimney last week. It was pretty far from its usual haunts.
    Les Balick of Naperville

  • A frog overlooks a neighborhood pond in Lake Zurich during the summer of 2012.

      A frog overlooks a neighborhood pond in Lake Zurich during the summer of 2012.
    Esther Honegger of Lake Zurich

 

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