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  • The flooded Des Plaines River taken at night several months ago.

      The flooded Des Plaines River taken at night several months ago.
    Kevin E. Gleason of Wheeling

  • 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

  • The clouds revolved around the full moon as seen from a Rolling Meadows deck at 7:11 p.m. on October 19th.

      The clouds revolved around the full moon as seen from a Rolling Meadows deck at 7:11 p.m. on October 19th.
    Frank Enyeart of Rolling Meadows

  • Clouds reflect in the windows of a couple of older building facades on Market Street in historic Louisville.

      Clouds reflect in the windows of a couple of older building facades on Market Street in historic Louisville.
    Kevin Hert of Lake Zurich

  • Water flows along a river at the Karkonowski National Park in Poland last week.

      Water flows along a river at the Karkonowski National Park in Poland last week.
    Kasia Elser of Antioch

  • A yellow frog peeks out from duckweed at the Horicon Marsh area of Wisconsin last July.

      A yellow frog peeks out from duckweed at the Horicon Marsh area of Wisconsin last July.
    Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights

  • An old row boat, which had apparently floated in from somewhere out on Lake Michigan, finds itself beached at the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve on Beaver Island, Michigan.

      An old row boat, which had apparently floated in from somewhere out on Lake Michigan, finds itself beached at the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve on Beaver Island, Michigan.
    Robert Warski of Elgin

  • I love walking the trails along the Fox River and enjoying all the beautiful scenery. The Fabyan Windmill located in Batavia off the Fox River is a favorite spot of mine and every season creates a unique background for a local icon.

      I love walking the trails along the Fox River and enjoying all the beautiful scenery. The Fabyan Windmill located in Batavia off the Fox River is a favorite spot of mine and every season creates a unique background for a local icon.
    Ted Gates of Geneva

  • A neighbor's pier extends into a still lake with a blue sky and puffy white clouds on October 13th on Big Sand Lake in Phelps, WI

      A neighbor's pier extends into a still lake with a blue sky and puffy white clouds on October 13th on Big Sand Lake in Phelps, WI
    Fran Somers of Libertyville

  • The photo of this rustic covered bridge was taken in Bean Blossom, IN. in the scenic Brown County Indiana. It just seemed to capture the beauty of the season's fall colors and also provided a link to seasons past.

      The photo of this rustic covered bridge was taken in Bean Blossom, IN. in the scenic Brown County Indiana. It just seemed to capture the beauty of the season's fall colors and also provided a link to seasons past.
    Joe Gilles of Lombard

  • "Trumpets in the parade" I took this shot last month during the Winfield Good Old Days parade. This was the Trumpet section of the West Chicago Marching Band. I used a feature in Photoshop Elements 11 called "Find Edges" to get this cool effect.

      "Trumpets in the parade" I took this shot last month during the Winfield Good Old Days parade. This was the Trumpet section of the West Chicago Marching Band. I used a feature in Photoshop Elements 11 called "Find Edges" to get this cool effect.
    Randy Link Winfield

  • This picture was taken at Cantigny while on a walk there. There were lots of bees very active that day, but saw a grasshopper on a flower that caught my attention especially, as you see fewer grasshoppers these days.

      This picture was taken at Cantigny while on a walk there. There were lots of bees very active that day, but saw a grasshopper on a flower that caught my attention especially, as you see fewer grasshoppers these days.
    Bob Moore of Wheaton

 

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