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  • A Ruby-throated Hummingbird sips nectar of a yellow hummingbird vine flower in a Wheeling backyard last summer.

      A Ruby-throated Hummingbird sips nectar of a yellow hummingbird vine flower in a Wheeling backyard last summer.
    Juno Ilagan of Wheeling

  • On a vacation to Door County, Wisconsin, my wife and I watched a beautiful sunset from the village of Fish Creek. Who had the better sunset view, us or the lucky boaters?

      On a vacation to Door County, Wisconsin, my wife and I watched a beautiful sunset from the village of Fish Creek. Who had the better sunset view, us or the lucky boaters?
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • This photo was taken while attending a wedding in Columbus Ohio. This was the first time I ever had the opportunity to get a skyline shot at night.

      This photo was taken while attending a wedding in Columbus Ohio. This was the first time I ever had the opportunity to get a skyline shot at night.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • A duck landing on a pond using it's tail and wing to stabilize as it slides on the ice left an imprint after a recent snow.

      A duck landing on a pond using it's tail and wing to stabilize as it slides on the ice left an imprint after a recent snow.
    Gary Clausen of Elgin

  • I took this photo just as the sun was setting in early evening fromacross the bay at Ephraim, WI. The church on the right is an old Moravian church from the 1800s, and the church on the left is a more recent Methodist church. The old 2 bay Fire Station is seen just below the Moravian Church. I took this photo with a Nikon D600 camera and Nikkor 18-200mm lens.

      I took this photo just as the sun was setting in early evening fromacross the bay at Ephraim, WI. The church on the right is an old Moravian church from the 1800s, and the church on the left is a more recent Methodist church. The old 2 bay Fire Station is seen just below the Moravian Church. I took this photo with a Nikon D600 camera and Nikkor 18-200mm lens.
    Dave Hamm of Wheaton

  • I took this photo early this morning at Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. I wanted to take some atmospheric photos of the fall season. It is a fishing deck with the landfill in the background.

      I took this photo early this morning at Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. I wanted to take some atmospheric photos of the fall season. It is a fishing deck with the landfill in the background.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • This was taken at the Little Rock Arkansas Zoo. The orangutan was really checking me out as I snapped his photo. I wonder what he was thinking?

      This was taken at the Little Rock Arkansas Zoo. The orangutan was really checking me out as I snapped his photo. I wonder what he was thinking?
    Todd Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • So many stars on a moonless night in a remote area of Botswana, Africa this past summer. Captured with a camera on a tripod and a 43-second exposure of the starry night sky.

      So many stars on a moonless night in a remote area of Botswana, Africa this past summer. Captured with a camera on a tripod and a 43-second exposure of the starry night sky.
    Bob Esbensen of Palatine

  • A saxophone festooned with Christmas lights in Des Plaines earlier this month.

      A saxophone festooned with Christmas lights in Des Plaines earlier this month.
    Ken Juranek of Des Plaines

  • An oil slick seeping from the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor last month.

      An oil slick seeping from the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor last month.
    Charles Spencer of Mundelein

  • Water flowing down the overflow drain pipe in the Italian Garden pool at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina on November 30th.

      Water flowing down the overflow drain pipe in the Italian Garden pool at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina on November 30th.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • Father and son on their way to Ice skating lessons at the ice skating pond in Grayslake in 2010.

      Father and son on their way to Ice skating lessons at the ice skating pond in Grayslake in 2010.
    Marty Buehler of Grayslake

 

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