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  • A female northern cardinal feeds her three nestlings in Wheeling on August 21st.

      A female northern cardinal feeds her three nestlings in Wheeling on August 21st.
    Maxwel Goodman of Wheeling

  • This is a picture looking across Swiftcurrent Lake from Many Glacier lodge in Glacier National Park. My wife and I have been fortunate to have visited many of our national parks, and this is our favorite.

      This is a picture looking across Swiftcurrent Lake from Many Glacier lodge in Glacier National Park. My wife and I have been fortunate to have visited many of our national parks, and this is our favorite.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • Fozzi and Daphne race each other in pursuit of a tennis ball on a sunny day on September 4th at a dog day care facility in Palatine.

      Fozzi and Daphne race each other in pursuit of a tennis ball on a sunny day on September 4th at a dog day care facility in Palatine.
    Tricia Lake of Palatine

  • Poppies bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last year. The orange petals are reminiscent of crushed aluminum foil.

      Poppies bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last year. The orange petals are reminiscent of crushed aluminum foil.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • This is a shot of the Huntley fireworks finally. Because of road construction, Huntley delayed their 4th of July fireworks till the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It was worth the wait.

      This is a shot of the Huntley fireworks finally. Because of road construction, Huntley delayed their 4th of July fireworks till the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It was worth the wait.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • Even a dried up Queen Anne's Lace looks pretty when the sun is rising on Lake Elizabeth in Wisconsin.

      Even a dried up Queen Anne's Lace looks pretty when the sun is rising on Lake Elizabeth in Wisconsin.
    Wendy Gruber of St. Charles

  • The setting sun reflects off the lake at Ivanhoe Country Club on September, 7th.

      The setting sun reflects off the lake at Ivanhoe Country Club on September, 7th.
    Catherine Glidden of Mundelein

  • Storm clouds form over Paulus Park in Lake Zurich on August 27th.

      Storm clouds form over Paulus Park in Lake Zurich on August 27th.
    Bob Warren of Lake Zurich

  • A hummingbird moth approaches flowers on a Hosta plant on August 29th in Ingleside yard.

      A hummingbird moth approaches flowers on a Hosta plant on August 29th in Ingleside yard.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • I was out west of St. Charles looking for something new to photograph when I ran into a detour sign. I followed the detour a few miles north and ran into a Alpaca farm. They lady who owned it invited me onto the property and let me photograph her herd of 30 Alpaca's. I learned they are raised for their fleece which is cut once as year.

      I was out west of St. Charles looking for something new to photograph when I ran into a detour sign. I followed the detour a few miles north and ran into a Alpaca farm. They lady who owned it invited me onto the property and let me photograph her herd of 30 Alpaca's. I learned they are raised for their fleece which is cut once as year.
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • With migration starting, this Ruby Throated Hummingbird is wasting no time filling up on nectar for his long travel south. He's been to so many flowers that he has pollen all over his head. Camera used: Canon Rebel XTI with macro lens f/2.8 ISO 200 exposure 1/640 sec.

      With migration starting, this Ruby Throated Hummingbird is wasting no time filling up on nectar for his long travel south. He's been to so many flowers that he has pollen all over his head. Camera used: Canon Rebel XTI with macro lens f/2.8 ISO 200 exposure 1/640 sec.
    Bonnie Graham of Lombard

  • I took this shot while walking around the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

      I took this shot while walking around the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

 

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