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  • This is a 1:1 macro photo of a broken icicle. I held it up and photographed it with my yellow car in the background to provide a splash of color to the ice. The photo has both warm and cool tones, reminding me of fire and ice.

      This is a 1:1 macro photo of a broken icicle. I held it up and photographed it with my yellow car in the background to provide a splash of color to the ice. The photo has both warm and cool tones, reminding me of fire and ice.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • A lioness carries one of her cubs across a stream in Kenya as the other three followed behind. The mothers coaxed the other three to cross the stream on their own.

      A lioness carries one of her cubs across a stream in Kenya as the other three followed behind. The mothers coaxed the other three to cross the stream on their own.
    Roy Lobenhofer of Mount Prospect

  • Sunrise through the dew on December 1st at Hawthorn Suites in Wheeling.

      Sunrise through the dew on December 1st at Hawthorn Suites in Wheeling.
    Rakesh Tatia of Buffalo Grove

  • A shore bird walks along the beach at sunset in tidal wash on Sanibel Island in February.

      A shore bird walks along the beach at sunset in tidal wash on Sanibel Island in February.
    Bill Koch of Arlington Heights

  • A man takes advantage of the sunset on the beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida during last year's spring break.

      A man takes advantage of the sunset on the beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida during last year's spring break.
    Stephanie Lopez of Hawthorn Woods

  • A leopard sleeps in a tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa this past January. Leopards spend most of their non-hunting time resting in trees, sometimes with their kill.

      A leopard sleeps in a tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa this past January. Leopards spend most of their non-hunting time resting in trees, sometimes with their kill.
    Byron Schneider of Kildeer

  • Matryoshka Russian nesting dolls taken in a storefront in November of 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.

      Matryoshka Russian nesting dolls taken in a storefront in November of 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.
    Bob Denaro of Long Grove

  • This photo was taken of a wetland at Rutland Forest Preserve in early December 2013. The weather conditions created an eerie glow, making it a perfect photo opportunity.

      This photo was taken of a wetland at Rutland Forest Preserve in early December 2013. The weather conditions created an eerie glow, making it a perfect photo opportunity.
    April Strzelczyk of Carol Stream

  • This scene was under my deck of our dog Sandy's footprint and our bird neighbors prints.

      This scene was under my deck of our dog Sandy's footprint and our bird neighbors prints.
    Linda Campbell of Bloomingdale

  • During a summer trip to California's Yosemite National Park, we watched late afternoon sunlight warm glacier-carved Half Dome, which rises abruptly from Yosemite Valley to a height of 8,842 feet. The photo was taken from the very popular Glacier Point overlook.

      During a summer trip to California's Yosemite National Park, we watched late afternoon sunlight warm glacier-carved Half Dome, which rises abruptly from Yosemite Valley to a height of 8,842 feet. The photo was taken from the very popular Glacier Point overlook.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • I took this picture during our most recent snowfall. I know we're all tired of the snow and especially the cold, but you can't deny some of the beauty of the season.

      I took this picture during our most recent snowfall. I know we're all tired of the snow and especially the cold, but you can't deny some of the beauty of the season.
    Tom Nicol of Geneva

  • This picture was taken outside of South Elgin Village Hall, 2/3/14, about 7 a.m., overlooking the Fox River. Through this long, cold, snowy winter appeared some of nature's beauty.

      This picture was taken outside of South Elgin Village Hall, 2/3/14, about 7 a.m., overlooking the Fox River. Through this long, cold, snowy winter appeared some of nature's beauty.
    Art Skibley of South Elgin

 

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