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  • Hikers climb the cliffs in the South Dakota Badlands on September 8th looking at its immense size, colorations and unique beauty.

      Hikers climb the cliffs in the South Dakota Badlands on September 8th looking at its immense size, colorations and unique beauty.
    Roy Lobenhofer of Mount Prospect

  • A soft illumination of light beneath a row of orchids created an interesting display in a greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A soft illumination of light beneath a row of orchids created an interesting display in a greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • David Ross stares into the face of one of the sculptures at the ancient Bayon Temple in Angkor Archeological Park, Cambodia on October 5th. The ancient temple has nearly 200 large faces that are said to be that of the king.

      David Ross stares into the face of one of the sculptures at the ancient Bayon Temple in Angkor Archeological Park, Cambodia on October 5th. The ancient temple has nearly 200 large faces that are said to be that of the king.
    David Ross of Gurnee

  • Dolphin mother and calf follow a boat off the coast of Sanibel, Florida last month.

      Dolphin mother and calf follow a boat off the coast of Sanibel, Florida last month.
    Robin Chamberlain of Arlington Heights

  • A girl stands on the Mt. Baldy sand dune in the Indiana Dunes State Park on August of 1995. A huge storm was coming from the northwest but the sun still shone brightly in the southeast, hence the very dark sky and everything else in the foreground brightly lit.

      A girl stands on the Mt. Baldy sand dune in the Indiana Dunes State Park on August of 1995. A huge storm was coming from the northwest but the sun still shone brightly in the southeast, hence the very dark sky and everything else in the foreground brightly lit.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee at 8 a.m. on November 11th looking toward the southeast from Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park at 6,643 feet.

      The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee at 8 a.m. on November 11th looking toward the southeast from Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park at 6,643 feet.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • This is this year's International Balloon Fiesta 2013 held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

      This is this year's International Balloon Fiesta 2013 held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    Madeleine Arreguin of Naperville

  • I took this photograph in St. Charles. I call it Flag Day as I was born on June 14th.

      I took this photograph in St. Charles. I call it Flag Day as I was born on June 14th.
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • This is the moon looking over the mountain side at Donner Pass, which crosses the Sierra Nevadas just north of Lake Tahoe.

      This is the moon looking over the mountain side at Donner Pass, which crosses the Sierra Nevadas just north of Lake Tahoe.
    Gib Van Dine of West Chicago

  • This photo was taken in our yard on Sunday, October 20 of my daughter jumping into the freshly raked leaves.

      This photo was taken in our yard on Sunday, October 20 of my daughter jumping into the freshly raked leaves.
    Susannah Thomas of Geneva

  • This photo was taken in my backyard. Being the first snowfall of the season, I couldn't resist the temptation of trying to get a few winter shots.

      This photo was taken in my backyard. Being the first snowfall of the season, I couldn't resist the temptation of trying to get a few winter shots.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

  • I have often taken photos of flowers but never seem to capture the beauty the eye sees. The orchid is a standout in form, color and uniformity. Its simplicity made it a prime target worthy of a few shots.

      I have often taken photos of flowers but never seem to capture the beauty the eye sees. The orchid is a standout in form, color and uniformity. Its simplicity made it a prime target worthy of a few shots.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

 

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