posted: 9/6/2013 12:58 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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A bee buzzes around a sunflower at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Volo on August 29th.
Viveca Joy Skyles of Lakemoor
A robin decided to build its nest on the window sill of our family room. This is a window seat and a bird's-eye view!
Sundar Cherala of St. Charles
The water is serene in the Florida Everglades.
Terry L Hardekopf of Mundelein
Picture of a sunflower in my backyard garden.
Maria A. Crawford of Elgin
A honey bee lands on a Forget Me Not flower in an Arlington Heights backyard.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
After the storm passed in Gilbert, it was time to take the dog for a walk. It was so fresh and clean and when I saw the streetlight shining on the road, I captured the picture.
Lin Nielsen of Gilberts
A beautiful sunset spreads across the skies over a football game at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on September 21, 2012 as the Stevenson Patriots play against the Warren Blue Devils.
Kimberly Russell of Lakemoor
At the Kenosha County Fair, a young boy is all smiles after he takes a challenge and tries bungee jumping.
Deb Marak of Arlington Heights
The photo is of a Cicada Killing Wasp dragging a cicada home for dinner. It was taken very quickly during a cookout on Labor Day.
Chris Peak of Elmhurst
This was taken from my deck looking out my backyard in Carol Stream. I also believe beauty is not always in another state or part of the world but can be right in your own back yard. This gave me a sense of serenity and a feeling of mystery from mother nature.
Jerry Gawlik of Carol Stream
In a little section of flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, a group of humming birds congregate on a Sunday morning where they like to eat.
Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect
You don't have to go too far to enjoy the great outdoors. I went as far as my backyard before I saw this unusual moth. It flies and hovers just like a hummingbird, hence the name Hummingbird Moth. It moved quickly, so I was surprised I was able to get a couple shots of it.
Bonnie Graham of Lombard
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