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  • Dog tries unsuccessfully to follow a ground squirrel in Angola, Indiana on August 26th, 2012.

      Dog tries unsuccessfully to follow a ground squirrel in Angola, Indiana on August 26th, 2012.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • Kayaking on a Yellowstone lake near the West Thumb area.

      Kayaking on a Yellowstone lake near the West Thumb area.
    Brian Wallace of West Chicago

  • This picture was taken outside Nashville last summer in the garden at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home.

      This picture was taken outside Nashville last summer in the garden at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home.
    Kathy Slovick of Glen Ellyn

  • On a visit to Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, I noticed the eerie message, "I am watching you," etched into a fence. This is an HDR composite of three different exposures combined and tone mapped in Photomatix to create a moody scene.

      On a visit to Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, I noticed the eerie message, "I am watching you," etched into a fence. This is an HDR composite of three different exposures combined and tone mapped in Photomatix to create a moody scene.
    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream

  • An American pelican lands in front of another pelican on March 28 on Nippersink Lake in Fox Lake.

      An American pelican lands in front of another pelican on March 28 on Nippersink Lake in Fox Lake.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • A small waterfall in a canyon in Lost Valley, Arkansas on March 27.

      A small waterfall in a canyon in Lost Valley, Arkansas on March 27.
    Julie Filippo of Green Oaks

  • Three daisies last summer in an Inverness backyard.

      Three daisies last summer in an Inverness backyard.
    Carol Arnolde of Inverness

  • The rising sun illuminates the frost on a gazing ball in a Wheeling backyard.

      The rising sun illuminates the frost on a gazing ball in a Wheeling backyard.
    Susie Lee of Wheeling

  • A one-year-old polar bear named Hudson has a blast playing with a ball at Brookfield Zoo in January, 2008.

      A one-year-old polar bear named Hudson has a blast playing with a ball at Brookfield Zoo in January, 2008.
    Roy Lobenhofer of Mount Prospect

  • These beautiful lavender plants were photographed around sunset at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles last summer. They were planted in flower beds around the historic picnic pavilion.

      These beautiful lavender plants were photographed around sunset at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles last summer. They were planted in flower beds around the historic picnic pavilion.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • I took this photo in Lakewood, Ill. on one of our winter's seemingly endless sub-zero mornings.  Even in the brutal cold there is still beauty to be seen.

      I took this photo in Lakewood, Ill. on one of our winter's seemingly endless sub-zero mornings. Even in the brutal cold there is still beauty to be seen.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

  • I took this photo recently on our front sidewalk as the snow was melting on the roof and dripping onto pavement where it froze again. I thought the ice looked like a beautiful piece of abstract artwork done in various shades of "cool blue".

      I took this photo recently on our front sidewalk as the snow was melting on the roof and dripping onto pavement where it froze again. I thought the ice looked like a beautiful piece of abstract artwork done in various shades of "cool blue".
    Bob Andrlik of Huntley

 

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