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Two people watch the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Jellies exhibit last December.
Two people watch the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Jellies exhibit last December.
David Geist of Inverness
This is a heck of a way to eat your dinner in a snowstorm. This Red-breasted Woodpecker was at our feeder during one of the last snow storms.
This is a heck of a way to eat your dinner in a snowstorm. This Red-breasted Woodpecker was at our feeder during one of the last snow storms.
Bob Williams of Huntley
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
This photo was taken in September of 2013 from my back patio door in our newly constructed home in Pingree Grove. The birds taking flight against the sunset back ground created a great photo op.
This photo was taken in September of 2013 from my back patio door in our newly constructed home in Pingree Grove. The birds taking flight against the sunset back ground created a great photo op.
Jerry Martin of Pingree Grove
A black horse with a beautiful violet colored eye at Bay Roberts in Newfoundland, Canada in 2009.
A black horse with a beautiful violet colored eye at Bay Roberts in Newfoundland, Canada in 2009.
Barbara Grover of Wildwood
An incredible sunset is captured along the boardwalk on January 15th in Puerto Vallarta.
An incredible sunset is captured along the boardwalk on January 15th in Puerto Vallarta.
Les LaFollette of Libertyville
A blue jay with a piece of bread in his beak at an Ingleside backyard on January 7th.
A blue jay with a piece of bread in his beak at an Ingleside backyard on January 7th.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
An eland stands on a hill during dusk last June in Botswana.
An eland stands on a hill during dusk last June in Botswana.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
Kids create a bubble that catches the reflection of the pier along with the beautiful clouds and setting sun in Oceanside, California on January 19th.
Kids create a bubble that catches the reflection of the pier along with the beautiful clouds and setting sun in Oceanside, California on January 19th.
Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect
This is the first year Ive realty noticed these beautiful ice crystals on the insides of my garage windows. The patterns are quite intricate, and like people sometimes see objects in the clouds, Ive "seen all kinds of things in the arrangement of these.
This is the first year Ive realty noticed these beautiful ice crystals on the insides of my garage windows. The patterns are quite intricate, and like people sometimes see objects in the clouds, Ive "seen all kinds of things in the arrangement of these.
Dori Eldridge of Naperville
This photo of the Burj Khalifa was taken on New Year's Eve in Dubai UAE during a visit with my family. It has always been my dream to visit the Burj Khalifa and after checking out the view of Dubai from the 124th floor I was able to get this photo the next day during the fire works celebration. The fire works were coming right out of the Burj Khalifa.
This photo of the Burj Khalifa was taken on New Year's Eve in Dubai UAE during a visit with my family. It has always been my dream to visit the Burj Khalifa and after checking out the view of Dubai from the 124th floor I was able to get this photo the next day during the fire works celebration. The fire works were coming right out of the Burj Khalifa.
Chance Rappe of Warrenville
Huskies were howling and running at Morton Arboretum's husky heroes event last weekend in Lisle.
Huskies were howling and running at Morton Arboretum's husky heroes event last weekend in Lisle.
Maggie Newlin of Naperville

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