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  • I took this photo of an oldbare tree out in Burlington. I thought it was spooky and called it "Children of the Night"

      I took this photo of an oldbare tree out in Burlington. I thought it was spooky and called it "Children of the Night"
    Todd A. Sherlock OF Downers Grove

  • A marmot builds a nest in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

      A marmot builds a nest in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
    Mark Haeussler of Bartlett

  • Chase Pauza throws his hands away from his body while doing a huge Tuck-No Hander at Asylum Skatepark in Lake Bluff.

      Chase Pauza throws his hands away from his body while doing a huge Tuck-No Hander at Asylum Skatepark in Lake Bluff.
    Josh Olszowka of Buffalo Grove

  • The colors are beautiful right now. I took this photo on Sunday as I walked along the lakefront in Evanston.

      The colors are beautiful right now. I took this photo on Sunday as I walked along the lakefront in Evanston.
    Viana Oliver OF Winfield

  • A sail boat moves out into the sun at Lake Geneva. The sun highlighted the red sail and glistened off the water.

      A sail boat moves out into the sun at Lake Geneva. The sun highlighted the red sail and glistened off the water.
    Curt Sriver of Libertyville

  • A man hand feeds a ruby-throated hummingbird in a backyard in Wheeling last September.

      A man hand feeds a ruby-throated hummingbird in a backyard in Wheeling last September.
    Juno Ilagan of Wheeling

  • This is a foggy sunrise in Prairie Crossing in Grayslake last September. The sun cut through the fog over the beach as geese come in for a landing on the calm water.

      This is a foggy sunrise in Prairie Crossing in Grayslake last September. The sun cut through the fog over the beach as geese come in for a landing on the calm water.
    Kelley Dorner of Grayslake

  • Water lilies lie on the surface of a pond at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe in late September.

      Water lilies lie on the surface of a pond at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe in late September.
    Perry Downs of Wildwood

  • I call this photo "Heron herding turtles." I took the shot October 11 at the off-leash dog park area of the East Branch Forest Preserve in Glendale Heights. Of course, the heron is creeping up on the turtles, not herding them.

      I call this photo "Heron herding turtles." I took the shot October 11 at the off-leash dog park area of the East Branch Forest Preserve in Glendale Heights. Of course, the heron is creeping up on the turtles, not herding them.
    Craig Bonda OF Winfield

  • This photo was taken in the "Tracey Arm Forge" in Alaska. I loved the beautiful emerald green waters and the scenic clouds across the mountains. Each turn was a spectacular sight!

      This photo was taken in the "Tracey Arm Forge" in Alaska. I loved the beautiful emerald green waters and the scenic clouds across the mountains. Each turn was a spectacular sight!
    Gayle Wede of Elgin

  • There was a backyard feast for this robin in Geneva.

      There was a backyard feast for this robin in Geneva.
    Joanne Buckley of Geneva

  • This picture was shot in LaSalle Canyon of Starved Rock State Park. Last week the Park may have lacked the running water and fall coloration but it continues to rank high on my list as a getaway to relaxation.

      This picture was shot in LaSalle Canyon of Starved Rock State Park. Last week the Park may have lacked the running water and fall coloration but it continues to rank high on my list as a getaway to relaxation.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

 

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