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  • Theo and Hoagi enjoy the cool water of Lake Michigan on a hot day last summer.

      Theo and Hoagi enjoy the cool water of Lake Michigan on a hot day last summer.
    Debra Ferguson of Kildeer

  • While kayaking I took this picture of an eagle perched in a tree on Big St. Germain Lake in Northern Wisconsin.

      While kayaking I took this picture of an eagle perched in a tree on Big St. Germain Lake in Northern Wisconsin.
    Joanne Buckley of Geneva

  • Alden reaches for his father, Gabor, who was performing onstage with Brother Tim during the Palatine StreetFest on August 24th.

      Alden reaches for his father, Gabor, who was performing onstage with Brother Tim during the Palatine StreetFest on August 24th.
    Richard Russo of Palatine

  • Late September sidelight reveals petal details in this beautiful single-flower dahlia photographed at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.

      Late September sidelight reveals petal details in this beautiful single-flower dahlia photographed at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • This is a bee pollinating in the children's garden at the Morton Arboretum during their annual Fall Fest.

      This is a bee pollinating in the children's garden at the Morton Arboretum during their annual Fall Fest.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • I focused in on the "coupling " that connects these railroad cars together and saw a really strong and quite grand invention. I believe this is a common coupler and is known as the "Knuckle", "Buckeye" or "Janney" coupler. I found it to be quite a work of art. I took three shots at different exposure settings and merged them together to create this High Dynamic Range photo.

      I focused in on the "coupling " that connects these railroad cars together and saw a really strong and quite grand invention. I believe this is a common coupler and is known as the "Knuckle", "Buckeye" or "Janney" coupler. I found it to be quite a work of art. I took three shots at different exposure settings and merged them together to create this High Dynamic Range photo.
    Randy Link of Winfield

  • This is a hummingbird moth I photographed in my aunt's phlox garden in Elgin late last month.

      This is a hummingbird moth I photographed in my aunt's phlox garden in Elgin late last month.
    Allison M. Kramer of Carpentersville

  • A beautiful evening of high school football at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein on September 20th. St. Viator beat Carmel 17-14.

      A beautiful evening of high school football at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein on September 20th. St. Viator beat Carmel 17-14.
    Paul Anderson of Long Grove

  • With a full moon over her shoulder, a woman is silhouetted against the evening sky as she watches the sunset over the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota on July 20th

      With a full moon over her shoulder, a woman is silhouetted against the evening sky as she watches the sunset over the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota on July 20th
    Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights

  • A man flies a kite at sunset along Warren Dunes, Mich. on August 28th.

      A man flies a kite at sunset along Warren Dunes, Mich. on August 28th.
    Ken Michalik of Prairie View

  • This was taken in Galveston Bay at sundown. The structures to the right are offshore drilling platforms.

      This was taken in Galveston Bay at sundown. The structures to the right are offshore drilling platforms.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • A sunset at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village was a show of color as a funnel cloud forms intrigue.

      A sunset at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village was a show of color as a funnel cloud forms intrigue.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

 

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