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  • This photo was taken in east central Iowa right after Christmas. The warm, early morning sun caused the ground fog to envelop the five lone trees in the field washing out everything around the trees.

      This photo was taken in east central Iowa right after Christmas. The warm, early morning sun caused the ground fog to envelop the five lone trees in the field washing out everything around the trees.
    Roger Nowicke of Algonquin

  • A bridge is covered in snow as it leads to the Japanese Gardens at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      A bridge is covered in snow as it leads to the Japanese Gardens at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • During our recent record-setting cold spell I spent some time photographing the frost patterns on our bedroom windows. This photo was one of my favorites, reminding me of peacock feathers or etchings on fine crystal.

      During our recent record-setting cold spell I spent some time photographing the frost patterns on our bedroom windows. This photo was one of my favorites, reminding me of peacock feathers or etchings on fine crystal.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • A woman walks her horse along snow covered trails in Barrington Hills.

      A woman walks her horse along snow covered trails in Barrington Hills.
    Amy Ruzich of Schaumburg

  • A polar bear gives a big yawn in Churchill, Manitoba in late November of 2011 as he waits for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so he can begin his hunt for food.

      A polar bear gives a big yawn in Churchill, Manitoba in late November of 2011 as he waits for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so he can begin his hunt for food.
    Debra Ferguson of Kildeer

  • Peering out on the morning of January 6th at 20 degrees below zero, we found not that aliens had landed on our lawn in the night, but rather the wind had sculpted snow domes on our flower pots waiting patiently for Spring.

      Peering out on the morning of January 6th at 20 degrees below zero, we found not that aliens had landed on our lawn in the night, but rather the wind had sculpted snow domes on our flower pots waiting patiently for Spring.
    Marty Michel of Naperville

  • Below zero temperatures produced these frost figures on our Naperville storm window.

      Below zero temperatures produced these frost figures on our Naperville storm window.
    Tom Mathern of Naperville

  • The moon peers through the tree branches as seen through an infrared filter.

      The moon peers through the tree branches as seen through an infrared filter.
    Curt Sriver of Libertyville

  • A beautiful winter scene over Pistakee Lake in Fox Lake on November 29th.

      A beautiful winter scene over Pistakee Lake in Fox Lake on November 29th.
    Candace Anderson of Fox Lake

  • This photo of a starling about to land was taken this past week. Without the aid of air traffic control these birds just continue their descent with total disregard for others in their path. The sub zero temps seem to slow them down a bit which made for some interesting wing shots.

      This photo of a starling about to land was taken this past week. Without the aid of air traffic control these birds just continue their descent with total disregard for others in their path. The sub zero temps seem to slow them down a bit which made for some interesting wing shots.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • Colored leaves float on a calm pond in Wisconsin's north woods during a beautiful autumn afternoon last October.

      Colored leaves float on a calm pond in Wisconsin's north woods during a beautiful autumn afternoon last October.
    Ross Johnson of Mount Prospect

  • Here's a cardinal taken at the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Medinah, IL. Oftentimes, winter scenes can be overshadowed with gray clouds and a lack of color, which made this cardinal stand out so much more. This was taken on a warmer winter day in December.

      Here's a cardinal taken at the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Medinah, IL. Oftentimes, winter scenes can be overshadowed with gray clouds and a lack of color, which made this cardinal stand out so much more. This was taken on a warmer winter day in December.
    Len Baumgart of Roselle

 
 

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