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  • The winter of 2013-2014 won't soon be forgotten. The owner of this bike along a street in Chicago probably hopes that it will end sooner than later.

      The winter of 2013-2014 won't soon be forgotten. The owner of this bike along a street in Chicago probably hopes that it will end sooner than later.
    Jeff Bonta of Arlington Heights

  • I took this on my trip to Sedona, Arizona. I thought it was perfect for Valentine's Day.

      I took this on my trip to Sedona, Arizona. I thought it was perfect for Valentine's Day.
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • This is from Lido Key in Sarasota Florida over the Gulf of Mexico.

      This is from Lido Key in Sarasota Florida over the Gulf of Mexico.
    Allen Panek of Naperville

  • Ice sculpture oozing out of the rocky roadside on the mountain road through Smokey Mt. National Park

      Ice sculpture oozing out of the rocky roadside on the mountain road through Smokey Mt. National Park
    Allen Panek of Naperville

  • Two great blue herons build a nest in Viera Wetlands in Florida several weeks ago. The male would swoop down, carefully select building materials and then present them to the female who would accept them and then tuck them into the nest in an amazing ritual.

      Two great blue herons build a nest in Viera Wetlands in Florida several weeks ago. The male would swoop down, carefully select building materials and then present them to the female who would accept them and then tuck them into the nest in an amazing ritual.
    Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights

  • The flowers lean toward the monarch butterfly as a catch light on the outside of the monarch's wings make the colors vibrate.

      The flowers lean toward the monarch butterfly as a catch light on the outside of the monarch's wings make the colors vibrate.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • The first cardinal sighting of 2014 on the morning of February 3rd in Lake Villa. The color of the bird blends into the natural color of the crabtree and crabapples while a light frost settles on the branches.

      The first cardinal sighting of 2014 on the morning of February 3rd in Lake Villa. The color of the bird blends into the natural color of the crabtree and crabapples while a light frost settles on the branches.
    Kenneth Sherman of Lake Villa

  • A snapping turtle swims along the surface of Lake Farmington in Kildeer on September 28, 2008.

      A snapping turtle swims along the surface of Lake Farmington in Kildeer on September 28, 2008.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • Eric Salm and his dogs, Escher, left, and Echo hike up a mountain road to go tent camping for the next three days in subzero temperatures along the Engineers Memorial Highway in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan last month.

      Eric Salm and his dogs, Escher, left, and Echo hike up a mountain road to go tent camping for the next three days in subzero temperatures along the Engineers Memorial Highway in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan last month.
    Brad Magee of Hawthorn Woods

  • A sailboat heads back to the harbor as the sun sets over Green Bay off Door County, Wisconsin. The photo was taken from appropriately-named Sunset Park in the village of Fish Creek.

      A sailboat heads back to the harbor as the sun sets over Green Bay off Door County, Wisconsin. The photo was taken from appropriately-named Sunset Park in the village of Fish Creek.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • Photo was taken at tower hill stable in Hampshire.

      Photo was taken at tower hill stable in Hampshire.
    Josie Sumner of Hampshire

  • This photo was taken at sunset from our backyard overlooking Otter Creek. Winter weather does have its benefits!

      This photo was taken at sunset from our backyard overlooking Otter Creek. Winter weather does have its benefits!
    Bill Allendoerfer of Elgin

 

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