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  • A buck stands covered in snow in an Ingleside backyard on January 1st.

      A buck stands covered in snow in an Ingleside backyard on January 1st.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • Don't let the snow scare you from enjoying the outside. I took this of my daughter cross country skiing at the Morton Arboretum.

      Don't let the snow scare you from enjoying the outside. I took this of my daughter cross country skiing at the Morton Arboretum.
    Bonnie Graham of Lombard

  • A grasshopper peers behind a blade of grass near a pond at William Rainey Harper College last September.

      A grasshopper peers behind a blade of grass near a pond at William Rainey Harper College last September.
    Grace Tureck of Barrington

  • Icicles form on the edges of several leaves in Volo Bog State Natural Area last month.

      Icicles form on the edges of several leaves in Volo Bog State Natural Area last month.
    Viveca Joy Skyles of Lakemoor

  • This Eagle just caught breakfast out of the cold Fox River.

      This Eagle just caught breakfast out of the cold Fox River.
    Bob Williams of Huntley

  • The dawn sunlight reflects off a not-yet-frozen Lake Farmington in Kildeer and the accumulated snow and ice on the cattails at water's edge after a snowfall.

      The dawn sunlight reflects off a not-yet-frozen Lake Farmington in Kildeer and the accumulated snow and ice on the cattails at water's edge after a snowfall.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • This is a photo of snow pellets, or graupel, raining down in my backyard. Sometimes the supercooled water droplets will hit a falling snowflake and freeze as tiny pellets to the snowflake, giving the appearance of a rime-coated snowflake. This is one such snowflake on the leaf of a boxwood plant.

      This is a photo of snow pellets, or graupel, raining down in my backyard. Sometimes the supercooled water droplets will hit a falling snowflake and freeze as tiny pellets to the snowflake, giving the appearance of a rime-coated snowflake. This is one such snowflake on the leaf of a boxwood plant.
    Dori Eldridge of Naperville

  • This was taken in the neighborhood park in the Terrace Hills subdivision in Algonquin in June of last year.

      This was taken in the neighborhood park in the Terrace Hills subdivision in Algonquin in June of last year.
    Jane McDonough of Algonquin

  • This photo was taken off the coast of Sorrento, Italy in November. The seas were perfect as the sun set.

      This photo was taken off the coast of Sorrento, Italy in November. The seas were perfect as the sun set.
    Mary Bahry of Wheaton

  • A giraffe stares down at tourists three years ago in Kenya, Africa as he munched on some dry grass.

      A giraffe stares down at tourists three years ago in Kenya, Africa as he munched on some dry grass.
    Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights

  • Several orchids produce an interesting array of shadows in the indoor gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last month.

      Several orchids produce an interesting array of shadows in the indoor gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last month.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • Waiting for at turn at the feeder on New Year's Day.

      Waiting for at turn at the feeder on New Year's Day.
    Joanne Buckley of Geneva

 

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