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  • My wife and I took a summer trip to the village of Ephraim in Door County, Wis. We spotted these twin sailboats at sunset framed by the trees and reeds lining the shore of beautiful Eagle Harbor.

      My wife and I took a summer trip to the village of Ephraim in Door County, Wis. We spotted these twin sailboats at sunset framed by the trees and reeds lining the shore of beautiful Eagle Harbor.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • Waves create a ghostly atmosphere just before night sets in along Fort Meyers Beach during high tide at sunset.

      Waves create a ghostly atmosphere just before night sets in along Fort Meyers Beach during high tide at sunset.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • Two ducks fight for the attention of a female in a Buffalo Grove pond.

      Two ducks fight for the attention of a female in a Buffalo Grove pond.
    Tracy R Sefcik of Wheeling

  • Bicyclists pass by the countryside near Portland, Oregon earlier this month.

      Bicyclists pass by the countryside near Portland, Oregon earlier this month.
    Scott Jamieson of Arlington Heights

  • A chipmunk eats a big morsel for breakfast while scampering through the trillium last May in Door County, Wis.

      A chipmunk eats a big morsel for breakfast while scampering through the trillium last May in Door County, Wis.
    Sheila O'Gara of Buffalo Grove

  • A Peregrine falcon eats the remains of a sparrow caught on a backyard feeder on April 9 in Wildwood

      A Peregrine falcon eats the remains of a sparrow caught on a backyard feeder on April 9 in Wildwood
    Perry G. Downs of Wildwood

  • A squirrel sits on the side of a tree and eats a piece of food in Round Lake Beach.

      A squirrel sits on the side of a tree and eats a piece of food in Round Lake Beach.
    Jaclyn Becker of Round Lake Beach

  • I took this shot on the way home from work. The sun was just coming up and really accenting the tree, while the clouds were moving in from the west ahead of a storm. I liked the contrast between the sun and the clouds and I found it to be even more dramatic in black and white.

      I took this shot on the way home from work. The sun was just coming up and really accenting the tree, while the clouds were moving in from the west ahead of a storm. I liked the contrast between the sun and the clouds and I found it to be even more dramatic in black and white.
    Marc Moxon of Woodstock

  • This photo was taken in March on a really foggy day while stopped in traffic on Route 31 just across from Elgin Mental Health Center.

      This photo was taken in March on a really foggy day while stopped in traffic on Route 31 just across from Elgin Mental Health Center.
    Teresa Turner of Elgin

  • A late night at O'Hare and an even later plane. The glasses at a terminal one bar were all cleaned and ready for the next day's customers.

      A late night at O'Hare and an even later plane. The glasses at a terminal one bar were all cleaned and ready for the next day's customers.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • Along Poydras Street in New Orleans, a woman wearing black and white is in contrast to the stairs of One Shell Square.

      Along Poydras Street in New Orleans, a woman wearing black and white is in contrast to the stairs of One Shell Square.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • I picked this little flower from my yard in Bloomingdale.  My husband David shot the photo at home. From one falling leaf we know fall has arrived, and with just one little flower, we are excited that spring is coming.

      I picked this little flower from my yard in Bloomingdale. My husband David shot the photo at home. From one falling leaf we know fall has arrived, and with just one little flower, we are excited that spring is coming.
    David Lee of Bloomingdale

 

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