posted: 12/20/2013 12:38 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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Mia cools off in a tub filled with water on a hot day last summer in a Wheeling back yard.
Juno Ilagan of Wheeling
I took this photo at the Living History Farms near Des Moines, Iowa. The fence and wheelbarrow both have seen better days, but together they made an interesting picture.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
I took the picture last week of my grandson and his French hornsection at a school concert. I like the concentration on his face andthe design of the three horns in a row.
Bob Williams of Huntley
The Fox River Lighthouse will always stand tall even during the coldest of days. Bordering Geneva and Batavia along the Fox River, the lighthouse provides a nice scene when visiting the nearby parks.
Ted Gates of Geneva
We were hiking on the String Lake Trail in the Grand Teton National Park in September. We took the portage trail to Leigh Lake and this is the photo I took at the end of the portage.
Chris Zillner of Itasca
Sean enjoys the magic of Christmas in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin experiencing the holiday for the first time.
Patt Heise of Palatine
A puffed up dove sums up the frosty December weather perfectly -- brrrr.
Susie Lee of Wheeling
This is a mother dolphin and her calf in Sanibel Island, FL shot last month.
Maggie Newlin of Naperville
The setting is a wild turkey hen who discovered that heat comes from our basement window in cold weather, while the bush right behind it offers protection from the wind. This bird also seems quite interested in who's on the other side of the window.
Gib Van Dine of West Chicago
A sailboat on the Atlantic Ocean passes a bed of sea oats off Hollywood Beach, Florida in November.
Steve Levin of Libertyville
A group Harry Potter books are illuminated with candles to give them a magical look.
Curt Sriver of Libertyville
Trees are reflected in the water under a dusk sky in the large pond in front of the Biltmore House at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC on November 29. The Blue Ridge Mountains are in the background.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside