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  • While meteorological Spring has begun, Winter continues to show its presence. I took this photo yesterday after a light snow shower. The photo is a 3.5 times life-size macro photo that I cropped to show an isolated snowflake. The snowflake seems to glow against the dark background and has a striking geometric pattern. A Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens was used with a Canon MR-14EX ring lite flash, handheld.

      While meteorological Spring has begun, Winter continues to show its presence. I took this photo yesterday after a light snow shower. The photo is a 3.5 times life-size macro photo that I cropped to show an isolated snowflake. The snowflake seems to glow against the dark background and has a striking geometric pattern. A Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens was used with a Canon MR-14EX ring lite flash, handheld.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • The lights from the wing on an airplane shine against the sunset during a flight home from Puerto Villarta on March 8.

      The lights from the wing on an airplane shine against the sunset during a flight home from Puerto Villarta on March 8.
    Cindy Madson of Mundelein

  • Poppies grow in front of a mass of lava at the Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar, Cal. last January.

      Poppies grow in front of a mass of lava at the Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar, Cal. last January.
    Jim Jobes of Grayslake

  • A large flock of goldfinches gather on a patio throughout the winter to eat thistle and wash it down at the heated bird fountain when temperatures were 45 degrees below zero in January.

      A large flock of goldfinches gather on a patio throughout the winter to eat thistle and wash it down at the heated bird fountain when temperatures were 45 degrees below zero in January.
    Sally R. Stone of Northbrook

  • This photo was taken near the Cunningham Ranch in the Grand Teton National Park. It was fall and the Aspen color change had not yet begun, however, the grasses were warming the foreground and added a warmth which contrasted nicely with the coolness of the autumnal sky.

      This photo was taken near the Cunningham Ranch in the Grand Teton National Park. It was fall and the Aspen color change had not yet begun, however, the grasses were warming the foreground and added a warmth which contrasted nicely with the coolness of the autumnal sky.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • Last summer, I took a trip to Geneva's Fabyan Japanese Garden on a rainy day. I was attracted to all the bead-like drops clinging to these lush green stalks.

      Last summer, I took a trip to Geneva's Fabyan Japanese Garden on a rainy day. I was attracted to all the bead-like drops clinging to these lush green stalks.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • I took this picture in my yard last summer. I'd say this guy gets into his work. With all the pollen he's carrying it looks like the hard work is paying off.

      I took this picture in my yard last summer. I'd say this guy gets into his work. With all the pollen he's carrying it looks like the hard work is paying off.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • A group of photographers from the western suburbs, of which I am part, has been traveling to Starved Rock to take pictures of the amazing ice waterfalls this winter.

      A group of photographers from the western suburbs, of which I am part, has been traveling to Starved Rock to take pictures of the amazing ice waterfalls this winter.
    Mike Davern of Naperville

  • On the way to dinner we enjoyed a lovely sunset in Maui. I had left the new camera in our room, but the sun setting over Lanai was so beautiful that I used my iPhone to capture the beautiful colors.  This turned out to be one of my favorite photos of the vacation.

      On the way to dinner we enjoyed a lovely sunset in Maui. I had left the new camera in our room, but the sun setting over Lanai was so beautiful that I used my iPhone to capture the beautiful colors. This turned out to be one of my favorite photos of the vacation.
    George W. Smith of Naperville

  • Kids play amongst the trees at Discovery Park in Seattle as the sun sets over the Olympic Mountain range on March 7.

      Kids play amongst the trees at Discovery Park in Seattle as the sun sets over the Olympic Mountain range on March 7.
    Bryan McVey of Arlington Heights

  • Flowers are in vibrant bloom last spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

      Flowers are in vibrant bloom last spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
    Christine M. Solum of Arlington Heights

  • Ladybugs crawl around in the sand on the shore of Lake Michigan and one seemed to be drawn to a tiny shell about his size in Leland, Michigan last September.

      Ladybugs crawl around in the sand on the shore of Lake Michigan and one seemed to be drawn to a tiny shell about his size in Leland, Michigan last September.
    Lisa Goranson of Palatine

 

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