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  • A beautiful pool on the Sheridan Glacier in Cordova, Alaska on July 29.

      A beautiful pool on the Sheridan Glacier in Cordova, Alaska on July 29.
    Judy Piszczek of Bartlett

  • Chicago Sky basketball players Elena Delle Donne, right, is pumped up as she celebrates with Sylvia Fowles after Delle Donne made the winning shot at the buzzer during a game on September 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Chicago Sky basketball players Elena Delle Donne, right, is pumped up as she celebrates with Sylvia Fowles after Delle Donne made the winning shot at the buzzer during a game on September 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Michael Pal of Lake Villa

  • A cat relaxes on a car during a hot, breezy day in the Virgin Islands last March.

      A cat relaxes on a car during a hot, breezy day in the Virgin Islands last March.
    Trevor Morrison of Arlington Heights

  • Sun rise at Freeman Kame on a foggy morning. I like the lighting on this shot a lot.

      Sun rise at Freeman Kame on a foggy morning. I like the lighting on this shot a lot.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • This photo was taken at Arlington Park Racetrack. I find horses to be such magnificent creatures, but what caught my eye in this particular shot was the old cowboy hiding in the shadows.

      This photo was taken at Arlington Park Racetrack. I find horses to be such magnificent creatures, but what caught my eye in this particular shot was the old cowboy hiding in the shadows.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

  • A Honduran rancher's son rounds up horses in a primitive fashion while listening to his iPod in San Esteban, Honduras on August 3.

      A Honduran rancher's son rounds up horses in a primitive fashion while listening to his iPod in San Esteban, Honduras on August 3.
    Laura Daily of Round Lake Park

  • A self-portrait by Steve Parmelee as he sits at a hand-carved table and chair alongside a stream near Lake City, Colorado on September 3, 2005.

      A self-portrait by Steve Parmelee as he sits at a hand-carved table and chair alongside a stream near Lake City, Colorado on September 3, 2005.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • I took this picture while hiking a trail in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. It looked like we were in for a storm, but it blew by and rained on another part of the park.

      I took this picture while hiking a trail in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. It looked like we were in for a storm, but it blew by and rained on another part of the park.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • This is one of the abundant castles and ruins found in Ireland. This one is near Killarney in the British Isles.

      This is one of the abundant castles and ruins found in Ireland. This one is near Killarney in the British Isles.
    Roy Lobenhofer of Mount Prospect

  • I spotted this Sphinx Hummingbird Moth as I was leaving Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.

      I spotted this Sphinx Hummingbird Moth as I was leaving Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.
    Viana Oliver of Winfield

  • My wife Kathy spotted the Praying Mantis in a tall, annual Asclepius that we purchased from Planter's Palette and potted up on our deck. In front you see the flowers of a Lantana. I was delighted to capture the Praying Mantis as a still photo. I've seen these creatures since I was a kid but this is the first time that I've ever seen one move.

      My wife Kathy spotted the Praying Mantis in a tall, annual Asclepius that we purchased from Planter's Palette and potted up on our deck. In front you see the flowers of a Lantana. I was delighted to capture the Praying Mantis as a still photo. I've seen these creatures since I was a kid but this is the first time that I've ever seen one move.
    Dennis Reynolds of Glen Ellyn

  • I took this at Herrick Lake on a Sunday afternoon in August while walking with my wife on a warm day.

      I took this at Herrick Lake on a Sunday afternoon in August while walking with my wife on a warm day.
    John Costello of Wheaton

 

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