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  • A whale breaches the water during a whale watching expedition in the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of Cabo San Lucas last month.

      A whale breaches the water during a whale watching expedition in the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of Cabo San Lucas last month.
    Jeanette Potter of Lake Zurich

  • A husky howling from the Morton Arboretum husky heroes this last weekend.

      A husky howling from the Morton Arboretum husky heroes this last weekend.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • This is a sunset in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

      This is a sunset in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
    Katerina Kerth of Naperville

  • The other day, I was searching for some interesting subjects for photography among the melting snow in the yard. I discovered this remnant of fall trapped beneath the icy grip of winter. I used a 1:1 macro lens to capture the rugged textures of the ice and the smooth accents of the decaying leaf.

      The other day, I was searching for some interesting subjects for photography among the melting snow in the yard. I discovered this remnant of fall trapped beneath the icy grip of winter. I used a 1:1 macro lens to capture the rugged textures of the ice and the smooth accents of the decaying leaf.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • 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

  • I took this photo at Batavia quarry stone pond with sunrise through the train depot museum

      I took this photo at Batavia quarry stone pond with sunrise through the train depot museum
    Kevin Hoepper of Batavia

  • The slowly unfolding petals of this beautiful tulip on our kitchen table give us hope that Spring is not too far away. The delicacy of the flower contrasts sharply with the harsh winter we have had to endure.

      The slowly unfolding petals of this beautiful tulip on our kitchen table give us hope that Spring is not too far away. The delicacy of the flower contrasts sharply with the harsh winter we have had to endure.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • A winter's walk in Sharon Woods in Cincinati, Ohio during March 2013.

      A winter's walk in Sharon Woods in Cincinati, Ohio during March 2013.
    Candace Anderson of Fox Lake

  • A deer took shelter and sleeps on a front porch in Vernon Hills after extreme cold and wind overnight on February 21. The deer occasionally opened an eye and looked inside before curling up and sleeping again.

      A deer took shelter and sleeps on a front porch in Vernon Hills after extreme cold and wind overnight on February 21. The deer occasionally opened an eye and looked inside before curling up and sleeping again.
    Joe Fijalkiewicz of Vernon Hills

  • A hawk sits on a branch as it snows in Palatine last month.

      A hawk sits on a branch as it snows in Palatine last month.
    Jim Thomas of Palatine

  • Two gulls sit on a post next to a river in Charleston, South Carolina on the lookout for a free meal.

      Two gulls sit on a post next to a river in Charleston, South Carolina on the lookout for a free meal.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • Two Belgiums cuddle next to each other during Hawthorn Woods Winter Carnival.

      Two Belgiums cuddle next to each other during Hawthorn Woods Winter Carnival.
    Bill Koch of Arlington Heights

 

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