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  • A perfect reflection of a water lily at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this past fall.

      A perfect reflection of a water lily at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this past fall.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • A Screech Owl sleeps in the fork of a tree in Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Caroline last week.

      A Screech Owl sleeps in the fork of a tree in Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Caroline last week.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • The Sears Tower is surrounded by fog on June 6, 2006 in Chicago. The photo was taken before 2009, so this is the Sears Tower rather than the Willis Tower.

      The Sears Tower is surrounded by fog on June 6, 2006 in Chicago. The photo was taken before 2009, so this is the Sears Tower rather than the Willis Tower.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • A Blue Jay enjoys breakfast in a Wheeling backyard last week.

      A Blue Jay enjoys breakfast in a Wheeling backyard last week.
    Bart Bell of Wheeling

  • A bright orange sunset is reflected in a mirror held by a boy at Butler Lake in Libertyville last week.

      A bright orange sunset is reflected in a mirror held by a boy at Butler Lake in Libertyville last week.
    Colin Morabito of Libertyville

  • The sunlight shines through the entrance to the Rio Camuy Cave in central Puerto Rico last month.

      The sunlight shines through the entrance to the Rio Camuy Cave in central Puerto Rico last month.
    John V. Smith of Schaumburg

  • A Blue Jay landed on a log just 4 feet from our patio door. I was able to capture the detail of the feathers and the reflection of the patio door in his eye. The Blue Jay is a beautiful bird whether viewed from afar or close-up.

      A Blue Jay landed on a log just 4 feet from our patio door. I was able to capture the detail of the feathers and the reflection of the patio door in his eye. The Blue Jay is a beautiful bird whether viewed from afar or close-up.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • I shot this with my new Nikon on a Sunday walk around Graue Mill in Oakbrook. I call it 'Winter's Trap'

      I shot this with my new Nikon on a Sunday walk around Graue Mill in Oakbrook. I call it 'Winter's Trap'
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • This photo was taken in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden a few years back. The colors were so vibrant I couldn't pass up this photo opportunity.

      This photo was taken in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden a few years back. The colors were so vibrant I couldn't pass up this photo opportunity.
    Robert Warren of Elgin

  • I took this picture at the Crescent City CA. harbor. The sun was just going down and this sea lion was sitting on a dock as if watching the sunset.

      I took this picture at the Crescent City CA. harbor. The sun was just going down and this sea lion was sitting on a dock as if watching the sunset.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • I took this photo in Santorini Greece at the end of October.

      I took this photo in Santorini Greece at the end of October.
    Mary Bahry of Wheaton

  • I took this photo off the coast of Sorrento, Italy in November. The sea was just still and flat. A perfect setting

      I took this photo off the coast of Sorrento, Italy in November. The sea was just still and flat. A perfect setting
    Mary Bahry of Wheaton

 

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