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  • A view of the Chicago "Bean" or Cloudgate located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

      A view of the Chicago "Bean" or Cloudgate located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
    Barbara Horler of Arlington Heights

  • Beautiful crystals formed on the window of the door at an Arlington Heights home on the morning of December 31st.

      Beautiful crystals formed on the window of the door at an Arlington Heights home on the morning of December 31st.
    Diane Hecht of Arlington Heights

  • This was taken during a winter freeze in Bemidji, Minnesota.

      This was taken during a winter freeze in Bemidji, Minnesota.
    April Strzelczyk of Carol Stream

  • Georgia plays in the snow in Antioch during the recent snowfall.

      Georgia plays in the snow in Antioch during the recent snowfall.
    Kia Miller of Antioch

  • One last beautiful sunrise in Fort Lauderdale before heading back to the cold Midwest after a Christmas cruise to the Virgin Islands.

      One last beautiful sunrise in Fort Lauderdale before heading back to the cold Midwest after a Christmas cruise to the Virgin Islands.
    Steve Murray of Hawthorn Woods

  • This is our wine bottle tree that sits along our drive. The recent snow on the bottle tree caught my eye and I chuckled thinking about chilled wine as I was shoveling the snow. Our neighbor has been known to add bottles to the tree and we all enjoy the wine display winter and summer.

      This is our wine bottle tree that sits along our drive. The recent snow on the bottle tree caught my eye and I chuckled thinking about chilled wine as I was shoveling the snow. Our neighbor has been known to add bottles to the tree and we all enjoy the wine display winter and summer.
    Nancy Carroll of Glen Ellyn

  • I found myself tiring of all the cold and snow and began reminiscing about my trip to Florida last year about this time. I wish I was there now. This photo was taken at sunset at Indian Rocks Beach on the Florida gulf coast.

      I found myself tiring of all the cold and snow and began reminiscing about my trip to Florida last year about this time. I wish I was there now. This photo was taken at sunset at Indian Rocks Beach on the Florida gulf coast.
    Bob Andrlik of Huntley

  • A man takes a cat nap on the front porch at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on September 12, 2004.

      A man takes a cat nap on the front porch at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on September 12, 2004.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • Here is a beautiful sunset from the Morton Arboretum from the weekend of January 12.

      Here is a beautiful sunset from the Morton Arboretum from the weekend of January 12.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • This photo was taken one morning with below zero temperatures. I love the sky and shadows

      This photo was taken one morning with below zero temperatures. I love the sky and shadows
    Richard Baley of Elgin

  • As I was passing by the lake I saw this gazebo and thought it looked just so stoic, jutting out like that over the frozen water, coated in snow in the -10 degree weather. So, I quickly parked on the side of the road and snapped a few pictures with my phone. I think it was well worth it.

      As I was passing by the lake I saw this gazebo and thought it looked just so stoic, jutting out like that over the frozen water, coated in snow in the -10 degree weather. So, I quickly parked on the side of the road and snapped a few pictures with my phone. I think it was well worth it.
    Brandon Marks of Carpentersville

  • Textures, patterns and colors create an interesting image from a weathered door at an old ranch in Joshua Tree National Park, California in 2009.

      Textures, patterns and colors create an interesting image from a weathered door at an old ranch in Joshua Tree National Park, California in 2009.
    Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights

 

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