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  • A bright yellow Gold Finch pulls off red zinnia petals at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A bright yellow Gold Finch pulls off red zinnia petals at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • Adopted stray kitten Oliver, owned by Hannah Horvath in Miami, rests next to a sign that speaks volumes!

      Adopted stray kitten Oliver, owned by Hannah Horvath in Miami, rests next to a sign that speaks volumes!
    Cassie Horvath of Vernon Hills

  • A female ruby-throated hummingbird sticks out its tongue and eats an ant that is stealing nectar on September 10th in Wauconda.

      A female ruby-throated hummingbird sticks out its tongue and eats an ant that is stealing nectar on September 10th in Wauconda.
    John Stanley of Wauconda

  • Two young leopards touch noses high up on a river bank at dusk this summer in Mashatu, Botswana.

      Two young leopards touch noses high up on a river bank at dusk this summer in Mashatu, Botswana.
    Bob Esbensen of Palatine

  • A large tractor is situated on the Phillips family farm at sunset in Sandwich, Ill. on August 10th.

      A large tractor is situated on the Phillips family farm at sunset in Sandwich, Ill. on August 10th.
    Bruce Phillips of Wauconda

  • The Great Northern Clock Tower is silhouetted in the sunset and reflected in the Spokane River on July 24 in Spokane, Wash.

      The Great Northern Clock Tower is silhouetted in the sunset and reflected in the Spokane River on July 24 in Spokane, Wash.
    Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights

  • Silhouettes of horses taken near Lexington, Kentucky while running the Bourbon Chase Relay.

      Silhouettes of horses taken near Lexington, Kentucky while running the Bourbon Chase Relay.
    Angie Dudman of Geneva

  • I took the photo of the Eiffel Tower in April and just happened to catch a jet plane's contrail intersecting the top of the tower.

      I took the photo of the Eiffel Tower in April and just happened to catch a jet plane's contrail intersecting the top of the tower.
    Craig Bonda of Winfield

  • I took this unorthodox family portrait at Russell Woods in Genoa, Illinois. This DeKalb County forest preserve features a wooden bridge. I took this photo as we stood on the bridge overlooking the Kishwaukee River.

      I took this unorthodox family portrait at Russell Woods in Genoa, Illinois. This DeKalb County forest preserve features a wooden bridge. I took this photo as we stood on the bridge overlooking the Kishwaukee River.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • This is a handheld macro photograph featuring ribbon candy. I found this holiday candy (yes, in September) during a recent trip to the store and thought that it would make an interesting subject for macro photography.

      This is a handheld macro photograph featuring ribbon candy. I found this holiday candy (yes, in September) during a recent trip to the store and thought that it would make an interesting subject for macro photography.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • Our Hibiscus held off on blooming until last week when it produced seven blooms on that particular day. Just as I was getting ready to go out and take a few shots of the flowers this hummingbird showed up and touched upon 5 of the flowers.

      Our Hibiscus held off on blooming until last week when it produced seven blooms on that particular day. Just as I was getting ready to go out and take a few shots of the flowers this hummingbird showed up and touched upon 5 of the flowers.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • As I was on my way home from work one morning, I saw this spectacular sunrise over Crystal Lake. To my dismay, I realized I didn't have my camera with me. Not to be dissuaded, I snapped a few shots with my phone, and this was the result.

      As I was on my way home from work one morning, I saw this spectacular sunrise over Crystal Lake. To my dismay, I realized I didn't have my camera with me. Not to be dissuaded, I snapped a few shots with my phone, and this was the result.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

 

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