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  • A bee buzzes around a sunflower at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Volo on August 29th.

      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!

      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.

      The water is serene in the Florida Everglades.
    Terry L Hardekopf of Mundelein

  • Picture of a sunflower in my backyard garden.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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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