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Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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A young girl stares over the kitchen table with a reflective surface waiting to strike at any moment.
Joseph Fragale of Mt. Prospect
A Murano glassblower created this horse in less than five minutes during a factory demonstration on October 11th in Venice, Italy.
Ron Matelski of Grayslake
A cactus in the Mojave Desert of the Joshua tree National Forest near Palm Springs, California near the lookout over the San Andreas Fault.
Joan Hammel of Wildwood
A milkweed plant in the Grant Woods Forest Preserve in Ingleside. on October 13th.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
A brown pelican watches the beach crowd at Pass-A-Grille Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 22nd.
Doris Krandel of Palatine
Jellyfish swim in a tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California last August.
Fred Gruber of Streamwood
This is Dells Mill and Museum located about 4 miles north of Augusta Wisconsin and approximately 20 southeast of Eau Claire. The mill was built during the Civil War and while no longer a functioning mill is currently a museum operated by proprietor Gus Clark. This shot is a composite of 2 exposures using a variable ND filter to achieve the silky water look. It was taken shortly before sunset during a mid-September trip.
Larry Lato of Lisle
This picture was taken this past January while on a cruise around the southern tip of South America. The Fjords of Chile were absolutely spectacular, and the viewing was made that much better by having crystal clear weather the entire time we were in Chile. I knew we were experiencing something sensational when the Tour Director, who was from the area, came out to take pictures!
Mark Tucker of Wheaton
This is a Passion Flower taken at the Darwin Center in the Galápagos Islands. I traveled there with a wonderful group through College of DuPage.
Janet Hoff of Naperville
This photo was taken in Plato Center of the CN railroad tracks at sunset, looking west at a resplendent sunrise.
Alec Brandon of Hampshire
An early morning frost outlines fallen leaves from an Autumn Blaze maple.
Jean K. Brown of Elgin
This picture taken in Elgin during a brief pause in the rain. The clouds gave way to sun and suddenly there was this beautiful rainbow. Never seen such complete double rainbow.
Sundar Cherala of St. Charles